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.

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