Theft & Criminal Damage – Kenilworth

THEFT

Please be aware that between Wednesday 2 October and Thursday 3 October 2019 offenders have stolen items from the front driveway of a property at Pears Close (off Bridge Street), Kenilworth. The items have included a central heating radiator and a quantity of copper piping.

Residents are advised to remain vigilant as unscrupulous scrap dealers are believed to be operating in and around the town
This is incident 122 of 3 October 2019

 

CRIMINAL DAMAGE
Please be aware that between Wednesday 25 September and Thursday 26 September 2019 offenders have damaged a Mazda motor vehicle by putting a deep scratch across the vehicle’s bonnet, have spray painted graffiti on nearby wooden fencing panels and also damaged wooden fencing panels. This has taken place at Glendale Avenue, Kenilworth.
This is incident 130 of 2 October 2019
If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about any of these incidents then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Kenilworth Policing Priorities – HAVE YOUR SAY

KENILWORTH RESIDENTS now have their opportunity to choose the priority they wish Warwickshire Police & their Safer Neighbourhood Team to focus upon for the period October 2019 and February 2020.

Please take an active part in your community and tell the police what you’d like them to concentrate on.

The Kenilworth Community Forum Policing Priorities online vote is now live.

Visit https://app.sli.do/event/9ymr5d6y/live/polls to cast your vote online.

If prompted enter Event Code #5710

Thefts from Motor Vehicles – Kenilworth

Please be aware that between 14.00hrs on Sunday 29 September and 20.30hrs on Monday 30 September 2019 offenders have stolen the front registration plate on a silver Mercedes Benz motor vehicle parked at a property on Hob Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth.

This is incident 400 of 30 September 2019

Please be aware that between 19.15hrs on Monday 30 September and 06.55hrs on 1 October 2019 offenders have broken into a Skoda Octavia motor vehicle parked near the A452 at Chesford, Kenilworth. The offenders smashed both driver’s side windows and stole a glass lampshade that was within the vehicle.

This is incident 87 of 1 October 2019

Please be aware that overnight between Monday 30 September and Tuesday 1 October 2019 offenders have smashed the driver’s front and rear side window on a Nissan Juke motor vehicle parked at High Street, Kenilworth. They have entered the boot of the vehicle and stolen a set of golf clubs and golf trolley.

This is incident 111 of 1 October 2019 

Please be aware that overnight between Monday 30 September and Tuesday 1 October 2019 offenders have smashed the side window of a Peugeot 208 motor vehicle and gained entry to the vehicle while it was parked at Barrow Road, Kenilworth. A Garmin Satellite Navigation device and a small quantity of cash was stolen.

This is incident 121 of 1 October 2019

If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information related to any of these incidents please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Kenilworth Crime & Burglary Prevention Advice

We are well aware at Kenilworth Watch that because we send out crime alerts people’s fear of crime may rise as a result. Let’s be clear; it’s not our intention to raise the fear of crime and make people feel anxious or frightened. We want people to know what is going on in their neighbourhood and to understand what they can do to avoid becoming a victim of crime. 

2018 -2019 Burglary Increase

It’s clear from the UK Crime Stats that over the winter months between 2018 and 2019 criminals committing burglary, including car key burglaries, increased their activities in Warwickshire. Between July 2018 and July 2019 burglary in Warwickshire overall rose by 9.8%, so it’s vital that both the police and public focus respectively on what they can do to deter burglars. These figures made Warwickshire the fourth highest county for burglary in that period. In Warwick District Council area specifically, the increase in burglary was 22% while neighbouring Stratford upon Avon District saw a 50% increase with 95 burglaries taking place in that period.

Burglaries Now Decreasing

Since April 2019, up until the end of July 2019, Warwickshire burglaries had reduced by 16%, partly because some of those involved in the crimes have been detected by the police and prosecuted, sentenced and imprisoned.

Warwickshire Police are currently employing more police officers, that are now starting to come through onto the streets. While this is most welcome and will help, we, as individuals and a community cannot be complacent. We will always have an important part to play too. 

Burglaries, though fewer, are still taking place and some are ‘Car Key Burglaries’ where offenders break into a home to get the keys to a motor vehicle and steal it. 

Our previous messages about leaving valuables in motor vehicles also still seem to be falling on deaf ears with some in the community. We have seen several incidents recently where valuables left in motor vehicles have led to offenders breaking into the vehicle. 

We appeal to everyone NOT to leave items on show in motor vehicles even on your own driveway, it suggests to a criminal its worth breaking into the vehicle.

How you can protect your home and property

So what are the things that you can do to help prevent burglars deciding that you and your home are their next target? Here’s our advice:

GENERAL BURGLARY ADVICE

  1. Make sure you keep your doors locked, even when you are at home but maybe outside in the garden or at the other end of the property.
  2. If you have the popular UPVC type of sealed glazed door and/or patio doors, then they will usually be fitted with ordinary locks that can be ‘punched’ with offenders typically getting into a property in less than ten seconds. Consider getting your locks changed to the “Anti Snap” type by upgrading the locks to your home to TS007 (3 stars) or Sold Secure Diamond Standard (SS312).
  3. Fit a monitored and visible burglar alarm; they are a visible deterrent and form part of an overall approach you should take to protecting your home. Monitored alarms typically cost from around £30 a month, that’s a pound a day for some peace of mind.
  4. Install and maintain good outside lighting
  5. Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
  6. Leave radios and lights on using a timer to help make the property appear occupied
  7. Make sure your boundary fences/hedges and gates are in good order and secure. Keep all rear and side gates/entrances locked AT ALL TIMES.
  8. Don’t leave ladders, tools or steps outside – you are providing help to those that might want to break into your home!
  9. Secure any bikes by locking them to an immovable object inside your garage or shed.
  10. Remove valuables from view and store them securely.
  11. Mark your property with postcode and the house number and register your property for free at the police approved ‘Immobilise’ scheme (www.immobilise.com) 

You can get advice on “Ultion Anti Snap” locks from Eyden Locksmiths (www.eydens.co.uk) in Coventry who also provide a fitting service. Their telephone number is: 02476 332524. Other locksmiths and organisations provide these products too.

CAR KEY BURGLARY ADVICE

  1. If you have the popular UPVC type of sealed glazed door and/or patio doors, then they will usually be fitted with ordinary locks that can be ‘punched’ with offenders getting into the property in less than ten seconds. Consider getting your locks changed to the “Anti Snap” type by upgrading the locks to your home to TS007 (3 stars) or Sold Secure Diamond Standard (SS312).
  2. Use a visible steering lock, such as Disclock or Krooklok, – offenders can see these before they attempt to steal the vehicle and it puts them off because they have to get them off and that’s not easy.
  3. Always lock your car and make sure doors, windows, the boot and sunroof are secure whenever you leave your vehicle.
  4. Use your garage – if you have a garage or outbuilding, please use it and lock your car away when not in use.
  5. If you don’t have a garage, consider fitting sturdy and lockable gates or a security post to your driveway.
  6. If you’re parking on your driveway, park defensively, i.e. as close to your property or another vehicle as you can so that access is made difficult.
  7. Fit outside security lighting to the front and back of your home and install a visible burglar alarm – ensure the lights are always in working order and always set your alarm at night. 
  8. Don’t leave your car keys on view or placed near windows, doors or cat-flaps where thieves can see them; criminals can easily take keys from kitchen worktops, tables and hooks on walls and exploit keyless entry cars.
  9. If you have a ‘keyless entry’ car, then make sure your keys are kept well away from doors and windows.
  10. Keep your car key in a screened box/tin/bag so that the signal can’t be ‘grabbed’ from the outside and used to open your car – and don’t forget – Do the same with any spare set!
  11. Signal Blocking pouches can stop access to your vehicle by blocking your car key fob from transmitting its code to the vehicle, as the pouches are lined with layers of metallic material. (Signal Blocking pouches are also known as Faraday Bags or Pouches).
  12. Putting your keys in a signal-blocking pouch will stop any thieves from being able to amplify the signal used in relay theft.
  13. Do you have a keyless fob? Wireless signals on some keyless fobs can be switched off. To turn off, you should look in your cars manual to see if you can do this. If you can’t find anything in your manual about turning off your fob, you should contact the vehicle’s manufacturer.

If you want more help and advice about crime prevention, then please contact Kenilworth’s Safer Neighbourhood Team by telephone on 01926 684404 or by email at: Kenilworth.snt@warwickshire.police.uk

Attempt Burglary & Theft – Kenilworth

ATTEMPT BURGLARY

Please be aware that at around 01.20hrs on Saturday 28 September 2019 offenders attempted to break into a property at Windy Arbour, Kenilworth. The offenders snapped the lock of the front door of the property and attempted to enter by forcing the rear door, the offenders were unsuccessful. It is believed they may have been seeking the keys to motor vehicles on the drive of the property.

This is incident 22 of 28 September 2019

THEFT

Please be aware that between 20.00hrs on Thursday 26 September and 07.15hrs on Friday 27 September 2019 offenders have have damaged the drivers door lock and entered a Ford Transit motor vehicle parked at Clinton Lane, Kenilworth. The offenders have stolen items from the cab and also attempted to start the vehicle by damaging the ignition barrel.

This is incident 171 of 27 September 2019

 

If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about either of these incident then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Warning issued by Action Fraud regarding Thomas Cook ‘refund’ scams are on the rise

Members of the public have reported receiving calls and messages offering “refunds” by people purporting to be associated with, or acting on behalf of Thomas Cook.

We would urge people to be vigilant of unsolicited calls, texts or social media messages that ask for personal or financial details, and not to automatically click on the links in unexpected emails.

Legitimate organisations will never contact you out of the blue and ask for your PIN, card details, or full banking passwords. If you get a call or message asking for these, it’s a scam.

Remember, your bank or the police will never ask you to transfer money out of your account, or ask you to hand over cash for safe-keeping.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via the online reporting tool. https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/warning-thomas-cook-refund-scams
For more information on how you can protect yourself, visit takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

Thomas Cook customers should go to https://abta.com/thomascook for details on how they can make a claim.

Vehicle Registration Plates Stolen – Kenilworth

Please be aware that between Monday 23 September and 10.00hrs on Wednesday 25 September 2019 offenders have stolen the vehicle registration plates from a Volvo motor vehicle parked at Clarendon Road, Kenilworth. 

This is incident 145 of 25 September 2019

If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about this incident please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111