“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 commend the excellent work and high profile of Kenilworth’s two Police Community Support Officers Craig Ricardo and Carl Whitehouse. 


Kenilworth homes hit again by Car Key Burglaries

Three homes were burgled in Kenilworth in one night with three cars being stolen after criminals had entered the homes and obtained vehicle keys. These latest events saw Audi, Jaguar and BMW vehicles stolen as offenders entered homes in the middle of the night.

Kenilworth Watch News are seeking assurances from Warwickshire Police that these latest car key thefts are receiving a high priority in terms of investigation and the apprehending of offenders.

A spokesperson for Kenilworth Watch News said “ There is a limit as to what people can do to protect their homes and vehicles. We encourage residents to do all they can but when the town is being hit like it has and is being with car key burglaries it’s about investigations and regular police patrols. We want an assurance on these needs as some residents are becoming frightened and dismayed.”

The latest events took place in the early hours of 6 October at addresses in Common Lane and Glasshouse Lane.

Common Lane, Kenilworth

Incident 32 of 6 October – At just before 2am on 6 October, offenders entered a home in Common Lane, Kenilworth and stole a set of keys to an Audi vehicle. The offenders then used the keys to steal the vehicle from outside.

Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth

Incident 63 of 6 October – During the night of 5 into 6 October, offenders broke into a home in Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth through a side window and stole a set of car keys and a wallet. The offenders then used the keys to steal the Jaguar vehicle from outside.

Incident 72 of 6 October – During the same night, offenders broke into another home in Glasshouse Lane, through the rear conservatory. Once inside the house, the offenders stole the keys to a BMW vehicle and again, used them to steal the vehicle from outside.

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious or has any information on these crimes are asked to contact Warwickshire Police on 101.

Criminals looking for opportunities in Kenilworth

A string of recent events have demonstrated that criminals are continuing to visit Kenilworth and seeking opportunities to commit crime. Residents are advised to remain vigilant at all times and where they believe something is suspicious to report it to Police as soon as possible.

Spring Lane, Kenilworth

Between 10pm on 11 September and 6pm on 16 September, offenders entered allotments in Spring Lane, Kenilworth and then forced the hasp and staple off the door of a secure shed. Once inside, the offenders carried out a search before making off with numerous items. Incident 377 of 16 September

Wordsworth Drive, Kenilworth

At 7.40am on 16 September, the resident of a home in Wordsworth Drive, Kenilworth heard a vehicle pull up outside the house and, after a short while, went to investigate. The resident saw two males leant over a pile of scrap lead, out of sight at the side of the house and asked who they were.

The males pointed up and said ‘roofman’ and then placed the lead into the rear of a white van with a registration similar to FL52 L*X and drove off.

The resident then discovered that another stack of lead had also been stolen.

The offenders are described as two Eastern European males, with tanned/ olive skin. They were both around 6ft tall with slim builds and short shaven dark hair. They were both in their mid 20’s and both wore dark coloured tshirts and tracksuit bottoms. Incident 82 of 16 September

Common Lane, Kenilworth

Between 8.30am on 9 September and 3pm on 16 September, offenders entered the rear garden of a home in Common Lane, Kenilworth and then entered the garage. Nothing appears to have been stolen. Incident 288 of 16 September.

Spring Lane, Kenilworth

Between 7 and 14 September, offenders broke into another shed on the allotment site in Spring Lane, Kenilworth. Once inside, the offenders stole a red ‘Mantis’ petrol cultivator and its securing D lock. Incident 172 of 16 September.

If you have seen or heard anything about any of the above incidents please contact Warwickshire Police on 101.

Queens Road and Randall Road latest Burglary targets in Kenilworth

There have been two burglaries this week in Kenilworth. While it not suggested there is any linkage between the two incidents they are nevertheless close to one another. Residents are encouraged to keep a keen eye out for anything that looks out of the ordinary or suspicious and report it immediately.

Queens Road, Kenilworth

Between 1pm and 5pm on 27 August, offenders entered the front garden of a home in Queens Road, Kenilworth and forced the lock off the doors of a garden shed. Once inside the shed, the offenders stole a Carrera Karkinos limited edition pedal cycle and a skate board.  The bike was white with red handle bars and a seat.                                               (This is Incident 120 of 27 August 2017)

Randall Road, Kenilworth

Between 12 midday on 26 August and 5pm on 27 August, offenders attempted to force open the rear patio door of a home in Randall Road, Kenilworth, causing the outer pane of glass to shatter.  Damage was caused to the door and frame but the offenders failed to get inside the house and nothing was stolen.                                                                            (This is Incident 353 of 27 August 2017)


If you have any information regarding either of these incidents please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Two Burglaries in Kenilworth this week

Warwickshire Police have advised that two Burglaries have taken place in recent days in Kenilworth.

Bullimore Grove, Kenilworth

Between midnight on 15 August and 3.45pm on 19 August, offenders entered the rear garden of a home in Bullimore Grove, Kenilworth and then kicked in the lower panel of the rear door into the house.

Once inside, the offenders carried out a search of all rooms, causing damage but nothing was stolen. The offenders also interfered with security devices, again causing damage.

Hyde Road, Kenilworth

Between 11.30am and 6.30pm on 21 August, offenders entered a home in Hyde Road, Kenilworth, possibly through an insecure front door. Once inside the house, the offenders stole a handbag from the lounge area before making off.

If you have seen anything suspicious or have information on these incidents then please call Warwickshire Police on 101.


Public vigilance delivers arrest in Kenilworth

Station Road, Kenilworth

The quick actions of a member of the public has been praised by Kenilworth Watch News after an immediate phone call to police led to officers arresting a suspect during a break in. This is the sort of vigilance we need from local residents.

At  around 2.20 in the early hours of 9 August, the resident of a flat in Warwick House, Station Road, Kenilworth heard the noise of a window breaking in the flat below. The resident looked out of the window and saw a male climbing through the broken window and called Police Officers.

Police officers arrived at the flat and located and arrested the offender at the scene.

Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth

Meanwhile an attempt at a break in has been reported at a property in Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth.  Between 9am on 4 August and 4pm on 6 August, offenders attempted to force open the front door of a home in Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth. The offenders caused damage to the door but failed to get inside the house and nothing was stolen.

Both incidents reinforce the continued need for vigilance and the benefit of acting quickly by reporting things that are suspicious.

Grange Avenue is latest Car Key Burglary

Grange Avenue is the latest location in Kenilworth to suffer from thieves who break into homes to steal a vehicle nearby.

Between 9.30am and 11.15am on 1 August, a male offender entered the driveway of a home in Grange Avenue, Kenilworth and then attempted to force open the wooden French doors at the house, causing damage. The offender failed to get the door open so smashed a large pane of glass in one of the doors.

Once inside the house, the offender entered the hallway and kitchen and then stole a set of keys to a VW Golf vehicle.

The offender then stole the vehicle from the driveway and made off towards Coventry. The offender is described a medium built male wearing a blue baseball cap and a red and black jacket.

If you may have seen something suspicious or have any information about the above please contact Warwickshire Police on 101.




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