Residents urged to deter burglars by keeping keys out of locks

Southend Standard: Residents urged to deter burglars by keeping keys out of locks Residents urged to deter burglars by keeping keys out of locks

RESIDENTS are being urged to avoid making their homes into soft targets after thieves broke into two Leigh homes where keys had been left in locks.

Intruders broke into both the homes, on Dandies Drive and Bolney Drive, by smashing through glass panels on the back doors and reaching through the gap to release the lock.

An iPad, cash, wallet and jewellery valued at a three-figure sum were reported taken from Dandies Drive on December 29 at about 10.45am when the occupant returned home to find the back door broken. Officers believe the burglars could have forced their way into the house any time from 3pm the previous day.

The second break-in happened at Bolney Drive and was reported at shortly after 5pm on December 29 while the occupants were away on holiday. Enquiries are continuing but it is not yet known what was taken.

DI Andy Harvey of Southend CID said: "It both these cases keys were left in back doors that both had glass panels. We would urge anyone with this type of back door to remove the keys to make it less easy for thieves to get in. Any way of keeping thieves at bay or delaying them could also lead to neighbours seeing or hearing them and calling police.”

Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact Southend CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 888111.

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10:53am Tue 31 Dec 13

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

They also advised that to avoid credit card fraud, don't give your wallet and pin codes to strangers on the street
They also advised that to avoid credit card fraud, don't give your wallet and pin codes to strangers on the street Richy don't shine shoes no more

10:55am Tue 31 Dec 13

Jack222 says...

Unreal. How silly are people! No sympathy...
Unreal. How silly are people! No sympathy... Jack222

11:35am Tue 31 Dec 13

Chris Flunk says...

Shouldn't that be "Residents urged to deter burglars by ensuring their police force don't just let them off with a caution"?
Shouldn't that be "Residents urged to deter burglars by ensuring their police force don't just let them off with a caution"? Chris Flunk

12:34pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Jack222 says...

Let's get to grips with the real issue here - if people don't protect their possessions by locking doors then the sympathy level is nil. We live in the real world.

Cautions may actually be a sensible level of punishment - depends what was stolen. An apple? Caution. Don't forget charging./ convicting etc costs a lot of money to do. NO point in wasting millions on a charge if it was an act of silliness - or hunger - worth 10p
Let's get to grips with the real issue here - if people don't protect their possessions by locking doors then the sympathy level is nil. We live in the real world. Cautions may actually be a sensible level of punishment - depends what was stolen. An apple? Caution. Don't forget charging./ convicting etc costs a lot of money to do. NO point in wasting millions on a charge if it was an act of silliness - or hunger - worth 10p Jack222

12:37pm Tue 31 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

In this day and age why do warnings still have to be given out..? whats wrong with, people do they live on another planet.
In this day and age why do warnings still have to be given out..? whats wrong with, people do they live on another planet. DogsMessInLeigh

12:42pm Tue 31 Dec 13

danger2013 says...

Jack222 wrote:
Let's get to grips with the real issue here - if people don't protect their possessions by locking doors then the sympathy level is nil. We live in the real world.

Cautions may actually be a sensible level of punishment - depends what was stolen. An apple? Caution. Don't forget charging./ convicting etc costs a lot of money to do. NO point in wasting millions on a charge if it was an act of silliness - or hunger - worth 10p
Jack were you born stupid? Where does it say the doors were not locked? In both cases the back door was smashed to gain access. I guarantee it would of made no difference if the keys were left in the back door or not.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Let's get to grips with the real issue here - if people don't protect their possessions by locking doors then the sympathy level is nil. We live in the real world. Cautions may actually be a sensible level of punishment - depends what was stolen. An apple? Caution. Don't forget charging./ convicting etc costs a lot of money to do. NO point in wasting millions on a charge if it was an act of silliness - or hunger - worth 10p[/p][/quote]Jack were you born stupid? Where does it say the doors were not locked? In both cases the back door was smashed to gain access. I guarantee it would of made no difference if the keys were left in the back door or not. danger2013

12:47pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Chris Flunk says...

Jack222 wrote:
Let's get to grips with the real issue here - if people don't protect their possessions by locking doors then the sympathy level is nil. We live in the real world.

Cautions may actually be a sensible level of punishment - depends what was stolen. An apple? Caution. Don't forget charging./ convicting etc costs a lot of money to do. NO point in wasting millions on a charge if it was an act of silliness - or hunger - worth 10p
http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/news/10901298
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So you condone the actions of these officers? I think you are in the minority there. No one was ever convicted of scrumping, we are talking about the invasion of someone's home and the theft of irreplaceable personal items, often with great sentimental value. This should not go unpunished.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Let's get to grips with the real issue here - if people don't protect their possessions by locking doors then the sympathy level is nil. We live in the real world. Cautions may actually be a sensible level of punishment - depends what was stolen. An apple? Caution. Don't forget charging./ convicting etc costs a lot of money to do. NO point in wasting millions on a charge if it was an act of silliness - or hunger - worth 10p[/p][/quote]http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/10901298 .Three_cops_rapped_f or_cautioning_burgla r/ So you condone the actions of these officers? I think you are in the minority there. No one was ever convicted of scrumping, we are talking about the invasion of someone's home and the theft of irreplaceable personal items, often with great sentimental value. This should not go unpunished. Chris Flunk

2:00pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Eric the Red says...

Jack222 wrote:
Let's get to grips with the real issue here - if people don't protect their possessions by locking doors then the sympathy level is nil. We live in the real world.

Cautions may actually be a sensible level of punishment - depends what was stolen. An apple? Caution. Don't forget charging./ convicting etc costs a lot of money to do. NO point in wasting millions on a charge if it was an act of silliness - or hunger - worth 10p
Congratulations on being the Idiot of the Year 2013!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Let's get to grips with the real issue here - if people don't protect their possessions by locking doors then the sympathy level is nil. We live in the real world. Cautions may actually be a sensible level of punishment - depends what was stolen. An apple? Caution. Don't forget charging./ convicting etc costs a lot of money to do. NO point in wasting millions on a charge if it was an act of silliness - or hunger - worth 10p[/p][/quote]Congratulations on being the Idiot of the Year 2013! Eric the Red

2:39pm Tue 31 Dec 13

bangernut says...

Jack222 wrote:
Unreal. How silly are people! No sympathy...
and in the meantime if there's a fire you have to locate your keys and then find the lock, all whilst being choked by smoke
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Unreal. How silly are people! No sympathy...[/p][/quote]and in the meantime if there's a fire you have to locate your keys and then find the lock, all whilst being choked by smoke bangernut

4:08pm Tue 31 Dec 13

runwellian says...

Locking your door and leaving the key in the lock is much the same as not locking it!

As for the fire risk, I think you have more chance of being robbed than your house catching fire.

Who would lock a door and not remember where they put the keys, fire or no fire, you would have top be stupid!

I keep my keys on me at all times, at home or away! I never stay in my house without locking the doors, so easy fro someone to slip and and help themselves!

Trust no one, that will help keep you safe!
Locking your door and leaving the key in the lock is much the same as not locking it! As for the fire risk, I think you have more chance of being robbed than your house catching fire. Who would lock a door and not remember where they put the keys, fire or no fire, you would have top be stupid! I keep my keys on me at all times, at home or away! I never stay in my house without locking the doors, so easy fro someone to slip and and help themselves! Trust no one, that will help keep you safe! runwellian

4:25pm Tue 31 Dec 13

KBS2014 says...

Sadly I think all we can really do is install CCTV. For the sake of £500 and piece of mind, it's well worth it. They will do anything to break in, locked, unlocked, key or no key. Frustratingly we have to "accept" that nowhere is safe.
Luckily no one was hurt and I hope eventually the pathetic individual gets caught.
On a positive note, happy new year ;-)
Sadly I think all we can really do is install CCTV. For the sake of £500 and piece of mind, it's well worth it. They will do anything to break in, locked, unlocked, key or no key. Frustratingly we have to "accept" that nowhere is safe. Luckily no one was hurt and I hope eventually the pathetic individual gets caught. On a positive note, happy new year ;-) KBS2014

6:20pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

What a bunch of Moronic fools, leaving their keys in the locks, still it saves folk like me, as they are the easier target, all I leave out, are my two Alsations
What a bunch of Moronic fools, leaving their keys in the locks, still it saves folk like me, as they are the easier target, all I leave out, are my two Alsations Nowthatsworthknowing

6:55pm Tue 31 Dec 13

iknowbetter says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
What a bunch of Moronic fools, leaving their keys in the locks, still it saves folk like me, as they are the easier target, all I leave out, are my two Alsations
You'll be telling everyone in a minute how great your Company is with all the pot smoking employees, then go on to say how the "cherry beret fits you so well" and how you trained these Alsations with your vast knowledge of animal training when you worked in a circus, being the head Clown!!
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: What a bunch of Moronic fools, leaving their keys in the locks, still it saves folk like me, as they are the easier target, all I leave out, are my two Alsations[/p][/quote]You'll be telling everyone in a minute how great your Company is with all the pot smoking employees, then go on to say how the "cherry beret fits you so well" and how you trained these Alsations with your vast knowledge of animal training when you worked in a circus, being the head Clown!! iknowbetter

7:07pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

iknowbetter wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
What a bunch of Moronic fools, leaving their keys in the locks, still it saves folk like me, as they are the easier target, all I leave out, are my two Alsations
You'll be telling everyone in a minute how great your Company is with all the pot smoking employees, then go on to say how the "cherry beret fits you so well" and how you trained these Alsations with your vast knowledge of animal training when you worked in a circus, being the head Clown!!
I usually deter would be burglars with my dogs off the leash, and my knuckle duster on my hand, careful AIJTT we are getting near to you..
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: What a bunch of Moronic fools, leaving their keys in the locks, still it saves folk like me, as they are the easier target, all I leave out, are my two Alsations[/p][/quote]You'll be telling everyone in a minute how great your Company is with all the pot smoking employees, then go on to say how the "cherry beret fits you so well" and how you trained these Alsations with your vast knowledge of animal training when you worked in a circus, being the head Clown!![/p][/quote]I usually deter would be burglars with my dogs off the leash, and my knuckle duster on my hand, careful AIJTT we are getting near to you.. Nowthatsworthknowing

7:16pm Tue 31 Dec 13

iknowbetter says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
What a bunch of Moronic fools, leaving their keys in the locks, still it saves folk like me, as they are the easier target, all I leave out, are my two Alsations
You'll be telling everyone in a minute how great your Company is with all the pot smoking employees, then go on to say how the "cherry beret fits you so well" and how you trained these Alsations with your vast knowledge of animal training when you worked in a circus, being the head Clown!!
I usually deter would be burglars with my dogs off the leash, and my knuckle duster on my hand, careful AIJTT we are getting near to you..
Its like I said "head CLOWN" .....
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: What a bunch of Moronic fools, leaving their keys in the locks, still it saves folk like me, as they are the easier target, all I leave out, are my two Alsations[/p][/quote]You'll be telling everyone in a minute how great your Company is with all the pot smoking employees, then go on to say how the "cherry beret fits you so well" and how you trained these Alsations with your vast knowledge of animal training when you worked in a circus, being the head Clown!![/p][/quote]I usually deter would be burglars with my dogs off the leash, and my knuckle duster on my hand, careful AIJTT we are getting near to you..[/p][/quote]Its like I said "head CLOWN" ..... iknowbetter

8:08am Wed 1 Jan 14

bangernut says...

runwellian wrote:
Locking your door and leaving the key in the lock is much the same as not locking it!

As for the fire risk, I think you have more chance of being robbed than your house catching fire.

Who would lock a door and not remember where they put the keys, fire or no fire, you would have top be stupid!

I keep my keys on me at all times, at home or away! I never stay in my house without locking the doors, so easy fro someone to slip and and help themselves!

Trust no one, that will help keep you safe!
you've obviously never been in a house fire then, when theres choking thick black smoke and you can hardly breathe let alone think or see the lock to get the key into, panic sets in , whereas if you leave the keys in the lock or not if someone smashes the window on the door theyre in whether they have the keys or not, I had my house broken into and the keys weren't in the lock at the time, ive also been in a house fire, I know what id risk and it wouldn't be the fire, and as for keeping your keys on you all the time, you take them to bed with you do you lol
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Locking your door and leaving the key in the lock is much the same as not locking it! As for the fire risk, I think you have more chance of being robbed than your house catching fire. Who would lock a door and not remember where they put the keys, fire or no fire, you would have top be stupid! I keep my keys on me at all times, at home or away! I never stay in my house without locking the doors, so easy fro someone to slip and and help themselves! Trust no one, that will help keep you safe![/p][/quote]you've obviously never been in a house fire then, when theres choking thick black smoke and you can hardly breathe let alone think or see the lock to get the key into, panic sets in , whereas if you leave the keys in the lock or not if someone smashes the window on the door theyre in whether they have the keys or not, I had my house broken into and the keys weren't in the lock at the time, ive also been in a house fire, I know what id risk and it wouldn't be the fire, and as for keeping your keys on you all the time, you take them to bed with you do you lol bangernut

8:58am Wed 1 Jan 14

Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme says...

iknowbetter wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
What a bunch of Moronic fools, leaving their keys in the locks, still it saves folk like me, as they are the easier target, all I leave out, are my two Alsations
You'll be telling everyone in a minute how great your Company is with all the pot smoking employees, then go on to say how the "cherry beret fits you so well" and how you trained these Alsations with your vast knowledge of animal training when you worked in a circus, being the head Clown!!
I usually deter would be burglars with my dogs off the leash, and my knuckle duster on my hand, careful AIJTT we are getting near to you..
Its like I said "head CLOWN" .....
May I ask Iknowbetter to put his name on this site, as I'm getting a little tired of his nasty trolling comments, of which I have reported to the Echo
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: What a bunch of Moronic fools, leaving their keys in the locks, still it saves folk like me, as they are the easier target, all I leave out, are my two Alsations[/p][/quote]You'll be telling everyone in a minute how great your Company is with all the pot smoking employees, then go on to say how the "cherry beret fits you so well" and how you trained these Alsations with your vast knowledge of animal training when you worked in a circus, being the head Clown!![/p][/quote]I usually deter would be burglars with my dogs off the leash, and my knuckle duster on my hand, careful AIJTT we are getting near to you..[/p][/quote]Its like I said "head CLOWN" .....[/p][/quote]May I ask Iknowbetter to put his name on this site, as I'm getting a little tired of his nasty trolling comments, of which I have reported to the Echo Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme

9:02am Wed 1 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Yermotherwouldn'tlik
eme
wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
What a bunch of Moronic fools, leaving their keys in the locks, still it saves folk like me, as they are the easier target, all I leave out, are my two Alsations
You'll be telling everyone in a minute how great your Company is with all the pot smoking employees, then go on to say how the "cherry beret fits you so well" and how you trained these Alsations with your vast knowledge of animal training when you worked in a circus, being the head Clown!!
I usually deter would be burglars with my dogs off the leash, and my knuckle duster on my hand, careful AIJTT we are getting near to you..
Its like I said "head CLOWN" .....
May I ask Iknowbetter to put his name on this site, as I'm getting a little tired of his nasty trolling comments, of which I have reported to the Echo
He is the most objectionable Troll on this paper
[quote][p][bold]Yermotherwouldn'tlik eme[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: What a bunch of Moronic fools, leaving their keys in the locks, still it saves folk like me, as they are the easier target, all I leave out, are my two Alsations[/p][/quote]You'll be telling everyone in a minute how great your Company is with all the pot smoking employees, then go on to say how the "cherry beret fits you so well" and how you trained these Alsations with your vast knowledge of animal training when you worked in a circus, being the head Clown!![/p][/quote]I usually deter would be burglars with my dogs off the leash, and my knuckle duster on my hand, careful AIJTT we are getting near to you..[/p][/quote]Its like I said "head CLOWN" .....[/p][/quote]May I ask Iknowbetter to put his name on this site, as I'm getting a little tired of his nasty trolling comments, of which I have reported to the Echo[/p][/quote]He is the most objectionable Troll on this paper Nowthatsworthknowing

7:20pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Jack222 wrote:
Let's get to grips with the real issue here - if people don't protect their possessions by locking doors then the sympathy level is nil. We live in the real world.

Cautions may actually be a sensible level of punishment - depends what was stolen. An apple? Caution. Don't forget charging./ convicting etc costs a lot of money to do. NO point in wasting millions on a charge if it was an act of silliness - or hunger - worth 10p
Come again?
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Let's get to grips with the real issue here - if people don't protect their possessions by locking doors then the sympathy level is nil. We live in the real world. Cautions may actually be a sensible level of punishment - depends what was stolen. An apple? Caution. Don't forget charging./ convicting etc costs a lot of money to do. NO point in wasting millions on a charge if it was an act of silliness - or hunger - worth 10p[/p][/quote]Come again? Kim Gandy

7:24pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Hands up anybody who has never inadvertently left keys in a lock, nor any other kind of absent minded mistake?

Hands up anybody who never ever makes a mistake of any kind, error of judgement - and never gets distracted...?

Hands up the paragon of virtue who has never EVER had a "d'oh moment" - and never gets anything wrong at all and does everything by the book...




Anyone?
Hands up anybody who has never inadvertently left keys in a lock, nor any other kind of absent minded mistake? Hands up anybody who never ever makes a mistake of any kind, error of judgement - and never gets distracted...? Hands up the paragon of virtue who has never EVER had a "d'oh moment" - and never gets anything wrong at all and does everything by the book... Anyone? Kim Gandy

8:00pm Thu 2 Jan 14

LastIaugh,,. says...

He is the most objectionable Troll on this paper

Cooo-eeee !


I don't think so.
He is the most objectionable Troll on this paper Cooo-eeee ! I don't think so. LastIaugh,,.

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