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.

Theft, Burglary and Criminal Damage this week across Kenilworth

Theft from motor vehicle – Farmer Ward Road, Kenilworth.

Between 6pm on Thursday 27 February 2014 and 11am on Friday 28 February 2014, offender(s) unknown have drilled out the rear lock on a white Peugeot van to be able to open the side door and they have stolen a Makita battery drill, Makita electric drill, Bosch electric drill, Dewalt jigsaw and a Makita heavy duty breaker drill.

This report refers to Incident number 0174 of 28/02/2014

Criminal Damage – Grounds Farm Lane, Kenilworth.

Between 8pm on Friday 28 February 2014 and 8am on Saturday 1 March 2014, offender(s) unknown have smashed the rear window on a secure Mitsubishi L200 that was parked outside The Old Farmhouse, Castle Farm in Grounds Farm Lane, Kenilworth.

This report refers to Incident number 0112 of 01/03/2014

Theft on X18 bus from Kenilworth to Warwick.

Between 11am and 12pm on Friday 28 February 2014, offender(s) unknown have stolen a black Sony Ericson SP phone from a sleeping females bag whilst the victim was travelling on the X18 bus from Kenilworth to Warwick.

This report refers to Incident number 0292 of 01/03/2014

Burglary – Albion Tavern, Albion Street, Kenilworth.

Between 6pm on Sunday 2 March 2014 and 8am on Monday 3 March 2014, offender(s) unknown have stolen 3 mobile phones from the main bar area of the Albion Tavern in Kenilworth. The phones that were stolen were a black Samsung Galaxy, a pay as you go Oyster and a black Sony Xperia.

This report refers to Incident number 0213 of 03/03/2014

Burglary – Albion Street, Kenilworth.

Please be aware that overnight of the Monday 3 March to Tuesday 4 March 2014, offender(s) unknown have gained entry via an internal wall at a property that was being renovated in Albion Street and have stolen a Bosch radio.

This report refers to Incident number 0093 of 04/03/2014

Criminal Damage – Castle Farm Recreation grounds, Fishponds Road, Kenilworth.

Within the last two weeks ago, offender(s) unknown have caused damage to 14 fence panels in the grounds of Castle Farm Recreation grounds. The damage had totalled £1000.

This report refers to Incident number 0106 of 06/03/2014

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.

Further Criminal Damage & Thefts

Criminal Damage – Reeds Raines, Warwick Road, Kenilworth.

Between 6pm on 20/02/2014 and 8.30am on 21/02/2014, offender(s) unknown have damaged a shop front window at Reeds Raines Estate Agents on Warwick Road, Kenilworth.

This report refers to Incident number 0191 of 21/02/2014

Theft from motor vehicle – High Street, Kenilworth.

Between 6.55pm on 22/02/2014 and 10.15am on 23/02/2014, offender(s) unknown have stolen the surrounding front grills, Audi logo and grill surrounds to the headlights from the said vehicle that was parked securely on the High Street, Kenilworth.

This report refers to Incident number 0123 of 23/02/2014

Theft from motor vehicle – The Wardens, Kenilworth.

Between 8pm on 22/02/2014 and 10am on 23/02/2014, offender(s) unknown have stolen a single wing mirror off two VW Golf’s and a Jaguar emblem off the bonnet of a Jaguar. These vehicles were parked securely in The Wardens, Kenilworth.

This report refers to Incident number 0148 of 23/02/2014

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 call us but want to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

More Thefts until we change our Behaviour

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.

Criminal Damage at Kenilworth Cafe & Laptop Stolen from Car

Criminal Damage – Cherry Tree Cafe, Albion Street, Kenilworth.

Between 2am and 3am on (Early Hours of Sunday morning) 16th February, offender(s) unknown have kicked the glass panel in the main shop door causing it too smash.

This report refers to Incident number 0113 of 16/02/2014

Theft from Unattended Motor Vehicle – Newey Drive, Kenilworth.

Between 14th February 2014 and 8am on 17 February 2014, offender(s) unknown have gained entry into a secure Mercedes that was parked in Newey Drive, Kenilworth. The offender(s) have searched the vehicle and have stolen an Heward Packard Laptop and bag that was secreted under a rear passenger seat.

This report refers to Incident number 0048 of 17/02/2014

If you have any information in relation to this incident then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting the incident number. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.