Burglars break in to Billericay house through letterbox

Burglars break in to Billericay house through letterbox

Burglars break in to Billericay house through letterbox

First published in Echo News
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CLEVER thieves broke in to a house by shoving an implement through the letter box and unhooking the latch.

Once inside the house in Cavell Road, Billericay they searched drawers in the hallway before removing a set of car keys and stealing a 2006 plate Range Rover worth £18,000 off the driveway.

The burglary happened between 10.30pm on February 25 and 6am on February 26.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact detectives at Basildon Police Station on 101.

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4:13pm Wed 5 Mar 14

marshman says...

My mate locked himself out a while back and called some guy to come and help. All he did was put one of these devices through the letterbox and bingo, door open. It scared the crap out of me tbh. Doesn't matter if the door is double locked from the outside it just opens up as easily as if you've got a key. Made me think of putting a padlock on the outside for when I'm out (actually it wasn't just some guy it was a locksmith but even so scary).
My mate locked himself out a while back and called some guy to come and help. All he did was put one of these devices through the letterbox and bingo, door open. It scared the crap out of me tbh. Doesn't matter if the door is double locked from the outside it just opens up as easily as if you've got a key. Made me think of putting a padlock on the outside for when I'm out (actually it wasn't just some guy it was a locksmith but even so scary). marshman
  • Score: 5

4:45pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

Clever? Seems obvious to me. This is why deadlocks - deadlocking the inside - are invented for when you are out of a house.,

Common sense to have proper locks on a house...
Clever? Seems obvious to me. This is why deadlocks - deadlocking the inside - are invented for when you are out of a house., Common sense to have proper locks on a house... Jack222
  • Score: 8

4:51pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Miss Southchurch says...

I remember a friend of mine snapped her key off in the lock and the locksmith used that type of device to open the door. I guess it is quite scarey and makes you think that deadlocking the inside is the only way.

Mind you, if I saw someone using that on, say one of my neighbour's doors, I would certainly stop and ask questions. I guess though it was probably done in the early hours while no-one was around....
I remember a friend of mine snapped her key off in the lock and the locksmith used that type of device to open the door. I guess it is quite scarey and makes you think that deadlocking the inside is the only way. Mind you, if I saw someone using that on, say one of my neighbour's doors, I would certainly stop and ask questions. I guess though it was probably done in the early hours while no-one was around.... Miss Southchurch
  • Score: 7

5:17pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

I was a locksmith for a while and FYI I can get into any lock
Fastest time to open a door is 20 secs ( a locked one )
I was a locksmith for a while and FYI I can get into any lock Fastest time to open a door is 20 secs ( a locked one ) Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 2

5:26pm Wed 5 Mar 14

marshman says...

Jack222 wrote:
Clever? Seems obvious to me. This is why deadlocks - deadlocking the inside - are invented for when you are out of a house., Common sense to have proper locks on a house...
You don't get it do you.

It doesn't matter if the deadlocks are on the device still works.

Can't be any clearer than that without giving the secret away.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Clever? Seems obvious to me. This is why deadlocks - deadlocking the inside - are invented for when you are out of a house., Common sense to have proper locks on a house...[/p][/quote]You don't get it do you. It doesn't matter if the deadlocks are on the device still works. Can't be any clearer than that without giving the secret away. marshman
  • Score: -2

5:51pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Miss Southchurch says...

Marshman, are you sure? You can even get in if there are deadlocks on?? Scareyk, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often, whilst not intending to give anyone any ideas or anything...
Marshman, are you sure? You can even get in if there are deadlocks on?? Scareyk, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often, whilst not intending to give anyone any ideas or anything... Miss Southchurch
  • Score: 5

7:04am Thu 6 Mar 14

whateverhappened says...

Happened to me , locked myself out had to call a locksmith he used a bent up peice of metal and was in in 40 seconds, he took £35 off me too.. think it't upvc doors with a handle this works on.
Happened to me , locked myself out had to call a locksmith he used a bent up peice of metal and was in in 40 seconds, he took £35 off me too.. think it't upvc doors with a handle this works on. whateverhappened
  • Score: 0

10:36am Thu 6 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Double lock it
Double lock it carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 1

10:46am Thu 6 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

Miss Southchurch wrote:
Marshman, are you sure? You can even get in if there are deadlocks on?? Scareyk, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often, whilst not intending to give anyone any ideas or anything...
good locks deter only the casual, inexperienced thief....... a pro can open anything, deadlocks or otherwise......... whether you are burgled is generally about opportunity, not security.......
[quote][p][bold]Miss Southchurch[/bold] wrote: Marshman, are you sure? You can even get in if there are deadlocks on?? Scareyk, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often, whilst not intending to give anyone any ideas or anything...[/p][/quote]good locks deter only the casual, inexperienced thief....... a pro can open anything, deadlocks or otherwise......... whether you are burgled is generally about opportunity, not security....... pembury53
  • Score: 2

12:38pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Southend Shoplifter says...

Miss Southchurch wrote:
Marshman, are you sure? You can even get in if there are deadlocks on?? Scareyk, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often, whilst not intending to give anyone any ideas or anything...
Stick to shoplifting I say. Victimless crime.
[quote][p][bold]Miss Southchurch[/bold] wrote: Marshman, are you sure? You can even get in if there are deadlocks on?? Scareyk, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often, whilst not intending to give anyone any ideas or anything...[/p][/quote]Stick to shoplifting I say. Victimless crime. Southend Shoplifter
  • Score: -2

2:39pm Thu 6 Mar 14

TheaWells says...

How horrid is that... I presume the owners were in bed while someone rooted about their house... yuck..
Someone I knew had her car stolen while she was at work. No sign of a break-in... the thieves had used a long pole or stick with a hook on the end to 'fish' the keys off the table in her hallway via the letter box...
And I STILL know people who leave keys under plant pots or on door frames circa 1980's...
How horrid is that... I presume the owners were in bed while someone rooted about their house... yuck.. Someone I knew had her car stolen while she was at work. No sign of a break-in... the thieves had used a long pole or stick with a hook on the end to 'fish' the keys off the table in her hallway via the letter box... And I STILL know people who leave keys under plant pots or on door frames circa 1980's... TheaWells
  • Score: 1

4:58pm Thu 6 Mar 14

EthanEdwards says...

Lets be frank here. Raffles they ain't. They typically don't use much intelligence to burglarise a house. Lock picks, ear to the safe door...the stuff of TV mysteries, not reality.
It's a boot to the door repeatedly until the door is trashed or break a downstairs window.
If they are disturbed or a dog barks from inside they move on. Otherwise they run in grab all the valuables and back out in under a minute. Down to Cash Converters, get money then off to see their dealer buy drugs get high and look for next victim. Probably before you know you've been robbed.
It's actually really bad news if they decide to hang around as it means either your being viloently assaulted in your own home and / or they are trashing your house in some vile manner.

Utter scum burglars are, they should be drowned. However the CPS won't punish them until they have hurt someone. Then it's slap on wrist time.
Lets be frank here. Raffles they ain't. They typically don't use much intelligence to burglarise a house. Lock picks, ear to the safe door...the stuff of TV mysteries, not reality. It's a boot to the door repeatedly until the door is trashed or break a downstairs window. If they are disturbed or a dog barks from inside they move on. Otherwise they run in grab all the valuables and back out in under a minute. Down to Cash Converters, get money then off to see their dealer buy drugs get high and look for next victim. Probably before you know you've been robbed. It's actually really bad news if they decide to hang around as it means either your being viloently assaulted in your own home and / or they are trashing your house in some vile manner. Utter scum burglars are, they should be drowned. However the CPS won't punish them until they have hurt someone. Then it's slap on wrist time. EthanEdwards
  • Score: 2

7:07pm Thu 6 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

A letter box basket would stop the messing about via the box..
A letter box basket would stop the messing about via the box.. ThisYear
  • Score: 0

9:32pm Thu 6 Mar 14

SSRoscoe says...

I'm surprised the burglars could see what they were doing as they turn off the street lights at night now?
I'm surprised the burglars could see what they were doing as they turn off the street lights at night now? SSRoscoe
  • Score: 0

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