Some homes have been targeted in Kenilworth over the past couple of weeks where occupants have been away on holiday. Kenilworth Watch News advises Kenilworth homeowners to be more conscious of things they can do, including being more neighbourly, to lessen the chance of becoming a victim of burglary and the distress and inconvenience it can cause. The latest crime, a burglary, has taken place in the last two days. The details are as follows:
Between 1830hrs on 24 August 2018 and 0820hrs on 25 August 2018 a home in Amherst Road, Kenilworth was burgled. Offender/s gained entry via a rear bathroom window after climbing up to the roof of a single storey extension at the rear of the property. An untidy search was made of the property both upstairs and downstairs. This is Incident 0097 of 25 August 2018.
Between 7 August and 17 August 2018 offenders gained entry to a home on Rouncil Lane, Kenilworth by smashing a window and damaging a window frame. A patio door had also been opened. It is unclear at this stage what may have been taken but the offenders made an untidy search of the property. This is Incident 401 of 17 August 2018.
Between Saturday 11 August and Saturday 18 August 2018 a home in Brookside Avenue, Kenilworth was broken into. Offender/s removed a panel from a rear UPVC door. It is not clear at this stage what was taken. This is Incident 389 of 18 August 2018.
Kenilworth Watch News suggests that the best and most effective things that residents can do to protect themselves from burglary, especially when they are away on holiday, are as follows:
- Arrange for a neighbour or nearby relative or friend to draw and undraw the curtains everyday. If you have left a car on the drive get the neighbour, relative or friend to move. park it slightly differently each day if possible.
- If being away means your car will not be on the drive then arrange, if possible for a neighbour, friend or relative to put their car on your drive.
- Arrange for the refuse/recycling bins to be placed out and taken back in as if you are at home. Don’t put them out days before or leave them after emptying in the street for days.
- Put one or two lights on timers to come on in the evening . Combined with the curtain routine above, this removes obvious signs that your home is unoccupied.
- If you are living next door to a home where your neighbours are away on holiday be extra vigilant. If you hear a noise, activity or see someone near or about the property that you don’t believe is a friend or relative calling in then put a call into the Police immediately on 999.
- Leave a radio on in the house, you can put the radio on a timer if its electric.
- Give serious consideration to installing a monitored burglar alarm, they cost as little as just under a £1 a day. A monitored burglar alarm deters criminals because it heightens the risk of being caught.
In overall terms this is all about us all being more neighbourly, looking out for one another and one another homes and property. Most people who live in Kenilworth care about things and we’d suggest that such a asset in out community could be used even more by neighbours working together so they look out for one another at times when someone is planning a few days away. The more neighbourly we are as a community the less individuals and thus our community will suffer from being hit by crime.
If you have any information regarding the crimes listed above then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or you can contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111