Doggone for hapless Burglars

Offenders got more than they bargained for when they attempted a burglary in Kenilworth. The family pet was having none of their criminal behaviour so bit one of the offenders as they tried to kick the door in through a cat flap! The offenders were doggone as result empty handed.

However residents of Kenilworth are being advised to remain vigilant as Burglaries continue around the town.

Guy Road, Kenilworth – Attempted Burglary

Between 2.45 and 4.45pm on 7 December, offenders attempted to kick in the rear door of a home in Guy Road, Kenilworth, via the catflap and was bitten by the family dog. The offender quickly made off. Incident 303 of 7 December

Inchbrook Road, Kenilworth – Burglary

Between 10am on 9 December and 12.30pm on 11 December, offenders broke into a home in Inchbrook Road, Kenilworth and carried out a search of the bedrooms before making off with a wrist watch and items of jewellery. Incident 323 of 11 December

Please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 if you have any information on either of these crimes.

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Burglars return to Kenilworth

KENILWORTH residents are being warned that burglars are once active in and around the town as three incidents have taken place over the past few days. Two involve burglary and the other was an attempted burglary.

Crackley Lane, Kenilworth

During the night of 24 into 25 November, offenders smashed through a door and into the cellar of a sports club in Crackley lane, Kenilworth. Several items were stolen. This is Incident 75 of 25 November 2017.

Framlingham Grove, Kenilworth

Between 1pm on 27 November and 1am on 28 November, offenders entered a home in Framlingham Grove, Kenilworth through the insecure front door and stole a set of house keys. This is Incident 43 of 27 November 2017.

St Nicholas Avenue, Kenilworth

During the night of 28 into 29 November, offenders attempted to break into a home in St Nicholas Avenue, Kenilworth causing damage to the door handle. The offenders failed to get inside the house and nothing was stolen. This is Incident 146 of 29 November 2017.

If you have any information about any of these events or think you seen something that was suspicious or maybe helpful please contact Warwickshire Police on 101.

 

 

 

Burglars active in Kenilworth

Grange Avenue, Kenilworth

Kenilworth residents are advised that burglars remain active in the town.

Between 9am on 14 November and 9am on 15 November 2017, offenders broke into a home in Grange Avenue, Kenilworth by smashing a pane of glass in a rear window.

Once inside the house, the offenders carried out a messy search of a bedroom before making off.  Nothing appears to have been stolen.

If you think you may have seen anything suspicious to have any information related to this crime please contact Warwickshire Police on 101

“Five have a go at Theft” but vigilance foils attempt

A security guard and a householders dog may well have prevented offenders from stealing property in two separate events across Kenilworth. In both cases nothing appears to have been taken with the offenders making off. Kenilworth watch praises the actions of the security guard who deterred five suspect offenders!

A Kenilworth Watch  spokesperson said “It’s great that in both cases the offenders were frightened off because they thought they might get caught. However, what these events show is that these people are in our midst, prowling our town and they are opportunists. It’s down to everyone of us to close off all opportunities as much as possible that might make our homes easy targets. No one wants to be burgled, least of all at Christmas.”

These latest two events took place as follows:

Kenilworth Railway Station – Priory Road/Waverley Road, Kenilworth

At just after 8pm on 11 November, a witness saw 5 males breaking into the building site of Kenilworth Railway Station.  It is not clear if anything was stolen but the offenders were disturbed by a security guard and made off.                                                                                                                          Incident 372 of 11 November 2017

Crackley Cottages, Coventry Road, Kenilworth

Between 11.20am and 2.30pm on 13 November, offenders kicked in the rear door of a home in Crackley Cottages, Kenilworth.  Nothing was disturbed or stolen from the house and the offenders made have been disturbed by the family dog.                                                                                  Incident 302 of 13 November 2017

Please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 if you saw anything suspicious or have any information about either of these events.

Homes attacked across Kenilworth

Kenilworth Watch has issued another appeal to householders across the town to look carefully at their homes and take all reasonable steps they can to deter criminals. The appeal comes after five incidents occurred across the town in four days.

In these latest attacks either windows or doors were smashed to gain entry to the properties. One of the incidents also highlighted the need to avoid leaving keys in the lock on the inside of doors as having smashed the glass of the door the offenders were able to reach the keys and unlocked the door to gain entry.

A spokesperson for Kenilworth Watch news said “It’s really difficult for householders as they cannot make their homes a fortress and the cost of taking certain types of additional  security measures means people simply cannot afford it. However, what we do advise is that everyone steps back and looks at what they do in and around their home. We suggest people ask themselves ‘Is what I am doing making things easy for someone who has ill intent and would like to gain access to my home to steal things?”

We would advise everyone to review the simple things:

  • Keep keys out of locks both inside and outside doors and keep them doors locked at all times
  • Could security lights help in certain places around your property?
  • Think about a monitored burglar alarm, it can cost less than £30 a month and its a deterrent
  • Don’t leave valuables in vehicles, and that includes the boot!
  • If possible, park vehicles in such a way that it would not be easy for offenders to enter or take them. For example, if you have two cars and one is a higher value, then park the lower value car behind it so it cannot be driven away without moving the second vehicle. This can act as a deterrent.
  • Think about additional vehicle immobilisation devices.
  • Finally, keep a keen eye out for suspicious activity, people loitering around or saying they are lost if and when found in people’s gardens. If you see or experience any of this then call the police immediately.

The details of the most recent events are as follows:

2 November 2017

Abbey Hill, Kenilworth                                                                                                                    At some point before 8.20am on 2 November, offenders broke into a home under renovation in Abbey Hill, Kenilworth and stole copper piping and 5 double panelled radiators. This is Incident 62 of 2 November 2017.

4 November 2017

Pencraig Close, Kenilworth                                                                                                            At some point before 7.30pm offenders broke into a home in Pencraig Close, and ransacked the dining room.  Nothing appears to have been stolen. This is Incident 416 of 4 November 2017.

Leyes Lane, Kenilworth                                                                                                          Between 3.30 and 10pm on 4 November, offenders smashed the double glazed door of a home in Leyes Lane, Kenilworth and reached inside to turn the keys which had been left in the lock.   Once inside, the offenders carried out a search of the house before making off with two laptop computers. This is Incident 493 of 4 November 2017.

5 November 2017

High Street, Kenilworth                                                                                                      Between 2am and 2.30am on 5 November, offenders threw a rock at the rear door of a home in High Street, Kenilworth causing panes of glass to smash and damage to the blinds inside.  The offenders  failed to get inside the house and nothing was stolen.        This is Incident 190 of 5 November 2017

Pencraig Close, Kenilworth                                                                                                           At some point before 7.30pm on 5 November, offenders removed a panel from the rear door of a home in Pencraig Close, Kenilworth.  Nothing was stolen. This is Incident 362 of 5 November  2017.

If you have any information regarding the above crimes or have seen something suspicious then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Burglary – Hodnet Close

KENILWORTH residents are being advised to avoid leaving keys in the locks of external doors to their homes or even leaving keys nearby to doors following a burglary that took place at some point before 8pm on 19 October 2017. The warning from Kenilworth Watch comes as offenders entered the rear garden of a home in Hodnet Close, Kenilworth smashed a window in an external rear door and then reached inside to open the door with a key from the lock.

Once inside the house, the offenders carried out a messy search of the bedroom before making off with several items.

If you have any information about this crime then please call Warwickshire Police on 101.

Alarm & Vigilance deters Kenilworth Burglars

Two incidents of burglary took place in Kenilworth on the 9th October. However, at one an intruder alarm and the vigilance and response of neighbours was enough for the thieves to make off empty handed. This event demonstrates the value of monitored burglar alarms and how residents by being proactive can make a real difference.

These latest two Kenilworth burglaries took place as Warwickshire Police told Crown Watch News that they are stepping up detection of these criminals (see previous post earlier today at our website) with focused 24/7 officers and thorough co-ordination with neighbouring forces.

The Wardens – Attempt Car Key Burglary

At around 9pm on 9 October, offenders jemmied open a rear window at a home in The Wardens, Kenilworth and then climbed into the house. This activated the intruder alarm, alerting neighbours, and the offenders quickly made off. Nothing appears to have been stolen.                This was Incident 400 of 9 October. 

Berkeley Road – Burglary 

Between 12.20 and 8pm on 10 October, offenders broke into a home in Berkeley Road, Kenilworth and stole items of jewellery. This was Incident 386 of 9 October.

If you have any information about either of these crimes then please contact the police on the 101 tel number.

“We are on it” Warwickshire Police target Kenilworth car key burglary offenders Kenilworth Watch are pleased and appreciative that Warwickshire Police have responded very promptly to concerns it raised concerning the increase in car key burglaries across the town and wider area.

It’s clear that Warwickshire Police are ‘on the case’ giving it priority and encouragingly making arrests which will give residents the reassurance they need. However, Kenilworth Watch are also stressing the need for homeowners to do all they can by taking steps to deter criminals from attempting to burgle their homes and/or steal their vehicles. “It’s not all down to the police and we all need to understand we have to, in our actions, behaviour and the steps we take help ourselves to be less likely of becoming a victim of crime” a Kenilworth Watch spokesperson said.

Warwickshire Police have told Kenilworth Watch that nationally, regionally and locally there is an increase in the number of car key burglary offences. The target for those responsible appears to be high value vehicles often located in rural or semi-rural towns and villages. However, the Head of Local Policing for Warwickshire, Chief Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith, stressed “Whilst we are not seeing evidence of those responsible intent on using violence to commit such offences, I do not underestimate the fear that residents will have irrespective of the intentions of the offenders. All types of burglary are of the utmost importance to us as your local Force.”

The Chief Superintendent has also told Kenilworth Watch

“I can confirm we have an operation (Operation Geode) currently targeting dwelling burglary offences across the county and in recent weeks we have had a number of excellent results leading to persistent and prolific offenders receiving substantial custodial sentences.”

In response to the three car key burglaries that took place in Kenilworth on the 6 October Ch Supt Franklin-Smith added “The three offences that you reference in your correspondence are believed to be a new series that is not linked to any offences elsewhere in the county. A vehicle stolen in one of these incidents has since been found and recovered from a location within the West Midlands policing area. Cross border enquires with West Midlands Police are ongoing. We have a team of officers dedicated to tackling this crime type whose working shifts regularly change in order to reflect the relevant times of the day that these offences are taking place. This team is supported by targeted patrols from our 24/7 response teams and local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. Patrols include both marked and unmarked police vehicles as part of our strategy to identify offenders and prevent further offences taking place. To ensure that we are truly joined up, regular tasking and coordination meetings take place at local, regional, and national level. Regionally, I can confirm car key burglary offences are a current priority with all of the West Midlands Forces (Warwickshire, West Mercia, West Midlands, Staffordshire) working together in an effort to enhance our collective response.”

Ch Supt Franklin-Smith also said he valued the work that Kenilworth Watch does and what he said was its ‘ongoing efforts to reassure the Kenilworth community’.

Kenilworth Watch advises residents to review their own home security and consider what additional steps, if any, they could take to deter criminals. Our suggestions are as follows:

Home Security

Consider ‘approach triggered’ security lighting
‘Monitored’ burglar alarms (ADT etc) certainly deter – they cost less than £30 a month – what price your home, property and peace of mind? When you go to bed at night you can activate the zones that you don’t sleep in, meaning the ground floor or other areas can be alarmed while you sleep soundly.
Don’t leave keys in the locks of doors inside your home – as a smashed window will enable easy access
Fit additional protection to patio doors such as a ‘Patlock’ – available for less than £50 from Robert Dyas or Argos.
Check the robustness of your doors and windows and attend to any weaknesses or need to replace
Would a gate be an option, it’s not possible for some properties, but for those where one could be installed it’s certainky a further deterrent.
Home CCTV and remote monitoring by smartphone – there are several systems that are available and most a now reasonably priced. The Which magazine compares what each system provides and the “ Best Buys”.
Vehicle Security

Do not place vehicle keys immediately inside the front or rear doors of your home.
If your vehicle has a ‘keyless’ operating system consider putting the keys inside a metal container when at home and as far away from the vehicle as possible.
Ideally high value vehicles should be fitted with a vehicle tracker
Park your vehicle so it’s not easy to drive away – ie: if you have two cars protect a high value vehicle by parking your other vehicle behind it and boxing it in.
Position security lighting to activate if an approach is made towards where your vehicle is parked.
Don’t leave valuables on show or even in the vehicle – always take them inside.
Consult your vehicle’s manufacturer/dealer to check if there are any security updates or additional measures you can apply to your vehicle.
Taking all appropriate measures to protect our own property and the police doing all they can to detect and prevent crime are equal parts in successfully reducing crime. Those that ignore crime prevention advice and who subsequently become a victim of crime often kick themselves for not having taken preventative action and in some respects they can have unwittingly helped an offender commit the crime by their inaction. Of course it’s the police’s role to protect life and property but we each need to take responsibility ourselves too because “it’s not all down to someone else” We each need to play our part.

Kenilworth Watch raised the issue of car key burglaries with Warwickshire Police after three such incidents took place over one night on the 6 October. We sought reassurance that the matter was receiving attention and priority but we also took the opportunity to speak and commend the excellent work and high profile of Kenilworth’s two Police Community Support Officers Craig Ricardo and Carl Whitehouse.