Saturday, 2 October 2010

More Burglary Warnings

There's more worrying news on the spate of burglaries in and around the Worcester Park area with a blog reader e-mailing me with reports of further crimes in Kingsmead Avenue:

"Last night, my house in Kingsmead Avenue was the victim of an attempted break in.

When I came downstairs this morning at 8:15, I discovered the front door wide open with only the chain on. The bottom lock was completely unlocked and the top lock had been opened from the outside, but was still locked on the inside.

There was a set of house keys on a shelf near the front door, and they had disappeared - obviously they were used to open the door from the outside.

We haven't found the keys, but we have contacted the police. They came round a short time later and as it turns out, there had been another 3 similar incidents in Kingsmead Avenue at the same sort of time last night.

All of the incidents appear to be related to trying to steal car keys - we're assuming they hooked our house keys through the letter box thinking they were car keys and when they discovered they weren't, decided to try their luck at getting in the house.

Thankfully only the keys were stolen as they couldn't get in [to the house].

One of the other houses which was also the victim of an attempted break in, happens to have CCTV which records the front of their house.

The CCTV caught the people on camera - 3 men were involved. All white men - 2 commiting the break ins and the one in a car obviously to drive them away. They were in hoodies and were wearing gloves, so the police haven't been able to identify who it was. 

Another of the houses in Kingsmead Avenue did get their keys stolen. The burglars got into the car and tried to drive it off the driveway, only for them to discover the gap between to get the car out was too small as it was inbetween a wall and another car. From what I understand, both cars and the wall got damaged but they didn't manage to steal the car."

This comes as Sutton Police reveal that there has been a small but noticeable increase in the number of night-time burglaries in the borough. The thieves, as in the case of the incidents reported in Kingsmead Aveue, are looking to steal the keys of the car parked on the driveway and subsequently the vehicle itself. Entry to the house is quite often achieved by forcing or slipping the single Yale lock on the front door.

Sutton Police say they are committing plain clothes resources to catching these criminals, but in the meantime are urging all residents to ensure that they fully secure their homes and do not leave car keys in an obvious and easily accessible location.