Thefts and Burglaries in Kenilworth continue..

Over the past few days and nights criminals have continued to operate across Kenilworth. The majority of criminal activity has concerned the theft of motor vehicles, and/or property from them. These latest incidents have occurred across different parts of the town.

Moss Grove, Kenilworth – Incident 81 of 29 June 2018.                                                       Overnight of 28/29 June 2018, offenders stole a Toyota vehicle from the driveway of a home in Moss Grove, Kenilworth.  The owner of the vehicle still has the keys.

Randall Road, Kenilworth – Incident 106 of 30 June 2018.                                            During the night of 29 into 30 June 2018, offenders broke into the carport of a home in Randall Road, Kenilworth and stole a bicycle and a laptop computer.

Lower Ladyes Hill, Kenilworth – Incident 119 of 1 July 2018.                                      Overnight 30 June/1 July 2018, offenders broke into a home in Lower Ladyes Hills Kenilworth through a cellar window.  The offenders then entered the hallway of the house and stole the keys to an Audi vehicle.  The offenders made off back through the window and used the keys to steal the vehicle from outside.

Herbert Bond Drive (off Clinton Lane), Kenilworth – Incident 55 of 2 July 2018  Between midnight and 6am on 2 July, offenders broke into a vehicle parked on the driveway of a home in Herbert Bond Drive, Kenilworth and stole several items from inside.

We need to help ourselves and deter these crimes as much as possible. While Kenilworth Watch will continue to press police for a greater presence equally we must emphasise that there are a number of things that householders can do to deter criminals and save themselves from becoming the next victim. Ask any of those victims of crime in Kenilworth if they thought it would happen to them and most will say they “NO” – but it did!

There are some key points for residents to consider;

  • If you treasure your vehicle then consider investing in a decent immobilisation system. If you have paid thousands of pounds for your vehicle then why are you loathe to spend a further £110 on something like this Disklok that really puts off car thieves. They are simply not going to try and spend time trying to get this off your steering wheel which they need to do to steal your vehicle.Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 09.20.42 copy.jpg
  • Don’t leave ANY valuables in your vehicle event though it might be outside your home and/or on your drive. If you own a van then reverse the vehicle up against another vehicle or your home so its virtually impossible to open the rear doors.

 

  • If you have a keyless entry system for your motor vehicle or keys that act like a remote control to lock and unlock your vehicle then consider investing in a ‘Faraday Cage” or signal blocker pouch – a metal box or metal covered pouch that prevents thieves intercepting and ‘talking to your car keys’ whilst they are in your home. These are available upon Amazon for under £10 – again if you have paid thousands for your vehicle why not pay a few more pounds to help keep it safe.

 

  • Don’t put your car keys down just inside the front door. Thieves know all the tricks and if they are really interested in your car they will try their best to steal it. Fishing through letter boxes to hook up keys is one of their techniques – Don’t make it easy for them.

 

  • Consider a ‘monitored’ burglar alarm, they can cost under £1 a day and they deter thieves from ‘visiting’ your home. Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 09.46.37 copy.jpg

If you have any information regarding these latest events in this alert then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101.

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Two Cars Stolen from Burglary + Attempted Burglary – Kenilworth

Two incidents took place in the early hours of Friday morning (22 June) in Kenilworth leading involving an attempted burglary and a burglary that led to two motor vehicles being stolen.

These events demonstrate that offenders are in our midst and looking for opportunities to commit crime against householders and householders property.

Attempted Burglary – Butchers Row, Kenilworth

At just after 02.30hrs on 22 June, three youths, all in dark clothing attempted to break into a home in Butchers Row, Kenilworth.  The noise woke the occupants of the house and the offenders made off down Monmouth Close towards Elmbank.

Rouncil Lane, Kenilworth

At 02.45hrs on 22 June, the residents of a home in Rouncil Lane, Kenilworth heard a banging noise at the front door and then saw two of their vehicles being driven off the driveway.  The offenders had smashed through the front door and stolen the keys to the vehicles.

Residents are advised to remain vigilant at all times. If you have any information about either of these events please contact Warwickshire Police on 101.

Car Theft & Burglary – Siddeley Avenue

Burglary and Car theft returned to Kenilworth last week with the news that during the night 13/14 June 2018, offenders entered a home on Siddeley Avenue, Kenilworth. Once inside the property the offenders carried out a search to find car keys to a red Audi A3  that they then used to steal the vehicle.

This latest event demonstrates the need for residents to remain vigilant at all times and take all appropriate measures to secure vehicles and keys while also deploying deterrents such as monitored intruder alarms and car immobilisation devices.

If you think you saw or heard anything suspicious that may be related to this event please contact Warwickshire Police on 101.

Problems with Crime Alerts

You may have wondered, like us, why there have been no crime alerts for the Kenilworth area since the 5 May, is that there has been no crime or is it that there has been crime but no crime alerts? We wondered too, so we tweeted Warwickshire Police and failed for several days to get any real engagement or response, indeed we felt we needed to escalate our tweets to get heard. This was disappointing.

It’s essential to Kenilworth Watch because we have over 500 people, businesses and organisations following us and receiving our automatic crime alerts and have nearly 400 followers on Twitter. We have, over several years, worked hard to build up this level of engagement with the local community and we know how important it is to many of you to receive our alerts which you let you know what is going in and what steps it may be sensible to take in response to things that occur in our neighbourhood.

We are pleased to report this morning that Warwickshire Police have now been in contact with us and have confirmed that through our tweets and escalation we have effectively alerted them to the fact that the crime alert system has not been working since early May. Consequently, they are working on getting things sorted. We have offered to help in any way we can so we can get back to normal as soon as possible and keep you informed on a timely and effective basis.

While speaking with Warwickshire Police, it has become clear that there has been more crime in May but also there have been some successes in catching offenders involved in committing crime in Kenilworth too. Once things are sorted, which hopefully should be within the next few days, we will seek to bring you up to date with what has been going on. We will also provide more details on the recent successes concerning the apprehending of offenders and most importantly get back to normal by issuing timely alerts and advice to you. Many thanks for your understanding.

Further Burglaries

As the weekend approached and commenced more criminal activity has taken place in Kenilworth with an attempted burglary and another burglary where a car has been stolen from the drive of the property.

These latest events reinforce the need for residents to remain vigiliant at all times and take all reasonable steps to deter criminals. The details of the latest events are as follows:

Penryn Close, Kenilworth

Attempt Burglary – Crime Reference: 23/17500/18

Overnight 04-MAY-2018 into 05-MAY-2018 unknown offender(s) attempted to force entry into a residential property in Penryhn Close, Kenilworth. Offender(s) attempted to gain entry by forcing open the rear patio doors. Thankfully the offenders were unsuccessful.

Southfield Drive, Kenilworth

Residential Burglary – Crime Reference: 23/17477/18

Between 0300hrs and 0930hrs Saturday 05-MAY-2018 unknown offender(s) forced entry into a residential property on Southfield Drive, Kenilworth. Offender(s) stole vehicle keys from within the property. Offender(s) then proceeded to steal a black BMW M240I convertible from the front of the property.

If you have information relating to the above offence(s), please call Warwickshire Police on 101 and quote the relevant crime reference. Alternatively call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.

Police Helicopter deployed as more burglaries in Kenilworth

Many residents on the eastern side of Kenilworth were awoken in the early hours of Thursday 3 May by the Police Helicopter which had been deployed following a burglary in Windy Arbour, Kenilworth at around 0300hrs.

A spokesperson for Kenilworth Watch News said the Windy Arbour burglary had demonstrated how installing a deterrent can help protect people’s homes and properties. The home affected had an intruder alarm that the burglars set off. As a result people were alerted and some were vigilant and able to tell police that a number of offenders had been witnessed making off along Windy Arbour and into Leyes Lane.

A burglary was also committed on 30 April involving a property along Glasshouse Lane and a van outside a property in Hyde Road was stolen on 1 May.

Kenilworth Watch News said these latest events are worrying and demonstrate that criminals are prowling around Kenilworth looking for opportunities. The more that each householder can do to protect their property with clear deterrent measures the less risk of burglary there is. A monitored intruder alarm costs less than £1 a day but crucially it puts off most intruders. These latest events have prompted Kenilworth Watch News to renew its calls for a greater police officer presence to be seen in and around Kenilworth as this is the missing piece of deterrence that can really dissuade criminals because it raises the potential for them to be caught and prosecuted.

Here are the events:

Hyde Road, Kenilworth

Incident 145 of 1 May – At just after 11.15am on 1 May, offenders stole a Ford Transit van, with the keys in the ignition, from outside a home in Hyde Road, Kenilworth and made off in the direction of Kenilworth old town. Incident 145 of 1 May 2018

Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth

Between 9am on 26 and 5pm on 30 April, offenders broke into a home in Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth through the rear door.  It is not clear exactly what was stolen. Incident 325 of  30 April 2018

Windy Arbour, Kenilworth

At just before 3am on 3 May, offenders broke into a home in Windy Arbour, Kenilworth and activated the intruder alarm.  Witnesses then saw several offenders running off towards Leyes Lane.  It is not clear if anything was stolen. Incident 20 of 3 May

If you have information into any of these events or may have seen or heard .something that might relate to them please contact Warwickshire Police on 101.

 

Spate of Burglaries hits Kenilworth

KENILWORTH WATCH NEWS is once again seeking to heighten local residents awareness and vigilance with the news that there has been a fresh spate of criminal activity across town and area. We also want to highlight how increased vigilance by householders and local people is positively affecting and deterring crime with two of these latest events demonstrating that by considered and safe intervention residents and members of the public can prevent crime actually being committed.

There have been three burglaries with two involving homes that were entered to gain access to car keys with motor vehicles then being stolen off the drives of those homes. Two potential criminal events were prevented from developing further by intervention through increased vigilance.

Westwood Heath, Kenilworth

At around 7am on 23 April, offenders broke into a residential home in Westwood Heath, through a side door into an office, and stole a set of keys to a staff members car.  The offenders then used the keys to steal the vehicle from outside. This is Incident 77 of 23 April 2018.

The Square, Kenilworth

Between 20 and 23 April 2018, offenders broke into a shed at the rear of a charity shop in The Square, Kenilworth.  Nothing was stolen. This is Incident 123 of 23 April 2018.

Woodland Road, Kenilworth

At just before 10.30pm on 22 April, an offender broke into a home in Woodland Road, Kenilworth and was challenged and chased off by the resident.  It is not clear if anything was stolen. This is Incident 412 of 22 April 2018.

Woodland Road, Kenilworth

At around 2am on 23 April, offenders attempted to break into another home in Woodland Road.  The resident of the house saw someone ride a bike onto the driveway and then rang the doorbell.  The resident looked out of a window and the offenders made off. This is Incident 86 of 23 April 2018.

Red Lane, Kenilworth

At some point before 3.20pm on 26 April, offenders broke into a home in Red Lane, Burton Green after forcing open a rear window.  Once inside, the offenders stole the keys to an Audi vehicle.. The offenders then used the keys to steal the vehicle from the driveway. This is Incident 269 of 26 April 2018.

If you think you may have seen or heard anything that might relate to any of these incidents please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously or on or around property etc that they have no business on then contact the Police immediately using 999. If possible, and WITHOUT putting yourself in danger trying to get the registration number and the make and colour of any vehicle they may be using together with making a note of what you see and the offenders’ description. If you don’t feel safe doing any of this then DON’T do it, your personal safety must come first.