Kenilworth November Crime Spree – Fair Game?

More crimes have taken place across Kenilworth over the past 10 days or so and it’s clear that two issues arise from them. Vans/commercial vehicles are being targeted whilst car owners are continuing to ignore repeated messages about not locking and securing their vehicles. Vans have been broken into with the intention to steal any tools or valuables items found inside.

Van/Commercial vehicle owners are advised to take sensible measures, wherever possible, to protect their vehicle:

  • Park the rear of vehicle up close to something if possible that makes even forced entry into the rear of the vehicle impossible
  • Make sure the vehicle is alarmed
  • Fit additional locking to a vehicle where appropriate
  • If you can’t so any of these things then if practical remove valuable tools and items from the vehicle overnight.

For car owners its a simpler message:

  • Simply lock your vehicle and check it’s locked
  • Make sure you don’t leave valuable items or accessories to valuable items (like sat nav holders/chargers or mobile phone chargers/leads) on show.
  • Park your vehicle a close to your home as possible and if practical fit security lights to your home to illuminate anyone as they approach your vehicle
  • Heed the advice from police and neighbourhood watch

Once again Crown Watch appeal to residents across Kenilworth to take notice of these crimes and the advice to prevent them. If these notifications are ignored then criminals will continue to visit our town certain in the knowledge that some car owners don’t bother to secure their vehicles so its fair game to take anything left inside. Thieves are usually opportunists, don’t give them the opportunity to leave you feeling gutted!

Details of the crimes committed are as follows:

Windy Arbour                                                                                                         Overnight on the 16th/17th November a Tax disc stolen from insecure vehicle parked on a driveway.

This report refers to Incident number 141 of 17 November 2014.

Guy Road                                                                                                              Overnight on the 19th/20th November a van has been entered by forcing rear door and several power tools have been stolen.

This report refers to Incident number 63 of 20 November 2014.

Roseland Road                                                                                                       Overnight on the 19th/20th November the rear doors of a van have been forced and entry gained. Nil stolen

This report refers to Incident number 36 of 20 November 2014.

Incident 161-25-11-14

Priory Road
Overnight on the 24th/25th November a sat nav was stolen from a insecure vehicle parked on a Driveway.

This report refers to Incident number 161 of 25 November 2014.

Elmdene Road
Overnight on the 24th/25th November electrical equipment stolen from a glove box in a insecure vehicle.

This report refers to Incident number 74 of 25 November 2014.

Malthouse Lane                                                                                                     Sometime during November a Spare wheel stolen from from Landrover discovery.

This report refers to Incident number 67 of 25 November 2014.

If you have any information about any of these crimes or have seen anything suspicious then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or if you wish to give details anonymously then you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 11 555

Lull ends with spate of more Criminal Activity

Residents of Kenilworth are warned to be on their guard and take all sensible steps to protect their homes and vehicles after a spate of incidents across the town in the past few days. After a fairly quiet period since mid April a number of residents have suffered and become the victims of crime.

Mountbatten Drive, Kenilworth

At some point before 12.50pm on 11 June, offenders entered a home in Mountbatten Avenue, Kenilworth and carried out a search before making off with several items.

This report refers to Incident number 0180 of 11 June 2014.

 

Walkers Way, Kenilworth

Between midnight and 6.30am on 14 June, offenders entered a vehicle parked outside a home in Walkers Way and stole a satnav from inside.

This report refers to Incident number 0088 of 14 June 2014.

 

Latimer Close, Kenilworth

Between 2.30am and 3am on 14 June, offenders entered an insecure vehicle parked outside a home in Latimer Close, Kenilworth and searched the glovebox. Nothing was stolen. However, two other vehicles belonging to neighbours were also entered.

This report refers to Incident number 0100 of 14 June 2014.

 

Beauchamp Road, Kenilworth

During the night of 13 into 14 June, offenders entered a vehicle parked outside a home in Beauchamp Road, Kenilworth through the passenger door and stole an IPod.

This report refers to Incident number 0135 of 14 June 2014.

 

Dudley Road, Kenilworth

During the night of 13 into 14 June 2014 offenders entered a vehicle parked outside a home in Dudley Road. Nothing is believed to have been stolen.

This report refers to Incident number 0163 of 14 June 2014.

Rouncil Lane, Kenilworth

Between 8.30 and 9pm on 15 June, offenders entered the boot of a vehicle parked in a layby in Rouncil Lane and stole a black and white suitcase containing clothing and a brown and beige leather handbag.

This report refers to Incident number 0357 of 15 June 2014.

Please remain alert, on the lookout for suspicious persons, vehicles or activity around your own or neighbouring homes and please report anything unusual, or of concern, to Police on 101. In the event of a crime taking place or where there is a imminent danger to life or property please dial 999.

Car Key Burglaries – Warning by Neighbourhood Watch

Car Key Burglaries are taking place in Kenilworth with two vehicles stolen from outside owners homes over the past few nights. Crown Watch are advising Kenilworth residents to take extra care about securing their vehicles and homes before retiring to bed.

The practice of leaving car keys close to and in sight of the front or even rear doors of a property should be avoided at all costs says Crown Watch, Kenilworth’s most long-standing Neighbourhood Watch scheme that looks after northern Windy Arbour.

Crown Watch advise that homeowners should ensure that all household doors and windows are secure and locked last thing at night and that keys for vehicles of any type be kept well away from front or rear doors and also not left on show. In some cases these crimes have involved ‘fishing rods’ inserted through letterboxes to obtain keys left on a side shelf or table. So its really important not to leave keys about even if your doors are securely locked.

Once again, this is a crime that requires the unwitting help of property owners so we are appealing to all residents to take responsibility and take steps to secure and keep your property safe. This is particularly important at this time of the year when residents tend to be about their gardens etc more. Details of these latest crimes are provided below;

Burglary – Angless Way, Kenilworth

Between midnight and 1.30pm on 10 April, offenders entered the rear garden of a home in Angless Way, Kenilworth and then into the house through a French window.  Once inside, the offenders carried out a search of the premises before making off with an X-Box, a quantity of cash and other items.

This report refers to Incident number 0169 of 10/04/2014

Burglary & Theft of Motor Vehicle – Queens Road, Kenilworth

During the night of 9 into 10 April, offenders entered a home in Queens Road, Kenilworth by using a set of keys that had been left in the front door lock.  Once inside, the offenders stole a set of keys for a vehicle and then used the keys to steal the vehicle from the driveway.

This report refers to Incident number 0038 of 10/04/2014

Burglary & Theft of Motor Vehicle, Barrow Road, Kenilworth

During the night of 14 into 15 April, offenders entered a home in Barrow Road, Kenilworth and stole a set of car keys from a hallway table.  The offenders then used the keys to steal a high powered vehicle from the driveway. This report refers to Incident number 0060 of 15/04/2014

 

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.

Warning for Ford Fiesta Owners in Kenilworth

Kenilworth’s Safer Neighbourhood Team (Police) issued a warning on 28th December 2012 to owners of Ford Fiesta’s that have alloy wheels. The warning was issued as a result of four separate incidents in recent days on the “Knights Meadow” estate in the Kenilworth.

Knights Meadow is situated in eastern area of the town and the main roads through the estate are Dencer Drive, Rawnsley Drive and Leyes Lane. Police Community Support Officer, Craig Ricardo said ” We are appealing to all owners of Ford Fiesta’s fitted with alloy wheels to be aware and take sensible measures to protect their vehicles. Clearly the thieves are interested in alloy wheels for this particular model of vehicle. We want owners to be vigilant and if anyone is seen around vehicles, including private drives, that are suspicious please call it in on 999 immediately”.

The vehicles that have had their alloy wheels removed and stolen have been left on bricks so the thieves work quietly and in the early hours. Here are some of the measures vehicle owners can take:

  • Park the vehicle as close to your home as possible
  • Keep a small window open so you can hear any sounds nearby that might indicate suspicious or criminal activity
  • If you have a double drive park vehicles as close together as possible making access to some of the wheels difficult to impossible (you might want to get someone to help with this by standing in front and guiding you so you don’t bump the other vehicle)
  • make sure that you have at least two locking wheel nuts on each wheel – it makes it more difficult
  • Obtain Smartwater and make sure its put on all of your alloy wheels

If Crown Watch gets any further updates we will publish them here on the website.

Kenilworth BMW Owners ALERT!

Please be aware that since January 2012, 154 BMW vehicles have been stolen from across the Midlands Region.  Thieves are targeting vehicles built between 2006 and 2011 and are stealing them without the keys, in all 154 cases reported the owners still have all the keys in their possession.

Thieves are targeting vehicles on driveways and in large carparks and wait for drivers to park and leave their vehicle.  Once the driver presses the key to lock the vehicle a frequency blocker intercepts the signal causing the vehicle to remain open. The thief then enters the vehicle when the coast is clear and uses a device on the vehicle which programs a blank key.  The key is then used by the offender to drive the vehicle away. If the frequency blocker is unsuccessful, the thief will often smash a front side window of the vehicle to get in.

Four of the vehicles have been stolen from addresses in Warwickshire already and it may well be that the thieves are spreading their wings and Warwickshire residents will be targeted more often from now on.

Our advice to all BMW drivers is simple. Please try the door handle after using your key to lock the vehicle and double check that it is actually locked.

Please also have a good look around when leaving the vehicle to see if you can spot anyone waiting nearby or in a vehicle in the vicinity, especially if you check and find the door to still be open. If this is the case, then without risk to yourself and as discreetly as possible, report anything suspicious to Police on 999 as they are very keen to catch these offenders.