The two further thefts from vehicles (detailed below) are just the latest and illustrate the ongoing problem that residents of Kenilworth face as valuable items are left in unattended motor vehicles. It is clear that these types of crime are becoming persistent and frequent in and around the town.
Crown Watch have appealed previously and Kenilworth’s Safer Neighbourhood Team have highlighted the need several times for residents to take responsibility and not to leave anything of value in motor vehicles, even when parked at home addresses and on private drives.
Despite these efforts much of the community does not engage with Neighbourhood Watch and consequently it is unconsciously building a ‘rich pickings’ reputation for Kenilworth with opportunist criminals. Preventing crime, particularly the theft of personal property, starts with the person it belongs to taking responsibility, it is not a matter “for the police” to wholly resolve.
It’s pretty simple to understand; Around 50% of vehicles in Kenilworth where thefts have occurred have been left unlocked by the owners and where laptops, golf clubs, iphones and blackberry smartphones, purses and briefcases have been left in vehicles, locked or unlocked, they have gone with smashed and damaged vehicles to boot.
Whilst we as a community fail to address our behaviour with vehicle security and valuables we can expect further and frequent visits from criminals to an area they seemingly and increasingly consider as ‘easy’ and ‘worthwhile’ when it comes to commiting crime.
Theft from motor vehicle – Hollis Lane, Kenilworth.
Between 4.50pm and 5pm on 19 February 2014, offender(s) unknown have smashed the passenger window of a Renault Clio that was parked in Hollis Lane and have stolen a CK fabric designer handbag, DKNY small brown purse containing cash and cards, Apple IPhone and makeup.
This report refers to Incident number 0286 of 19/02/2014
Theft from motor vehicle – Lunn Avenue, Kenilworth.
Between 6pm and 8.30pm on 19/02/2014, offender(s) unknown have gained entry to a vehicle that was parked in Lunn Avenue and have stolen a car manual and service book from within.
This report refers to Incident number 0387 of 19/02/2014
If you have any information in relation to any of these incidents then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting the individual incident number. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.