Bungling burglars smash TV through glass table

Bungling burglars smash TV through glass table

Bungling burglars smash TV through glass table

First published in Southend

DETECTIVES are appealing for information after burglars caused more than £500 of damage in a bungled raid.

The break-in happened in Shoebury when thieves entered through the front door of a house on Cunningham Close off Eagle Way between 2-5pm on Saturday. They attempted to steal a flatscreen television but dropped it on a glass coffee table, smashing both.

Investigating Officer, Dc Layla Barker, said: "We can only assume this was a bungled burglary, but also not sure if this specific damage was caused deliberately which is why we’re appealing for witnesses to the actual entry of the property as well information on the identity of those who were inside.”

All homeowners with uPVC doors are reminded to lock them by turning the handle up and using the key, even when indoors. A number of burglars are simply pulling down on the outside door handle to disengage the security mechanism before releasing the door open using a screwdriver or other similar implement.

Dc Barker added: "Burglars are at it all times of the day and night, targeting neighbourhoods, walking through streets, trying doors, entering unlocked ones and filling their bags. It’s so simple for them. It’s painful for us to have to tell victims the awful truth.

"It’s a nightmare for them as they have to cancel bank cards, replace locks and reflect on the invasion of their home. We need them to physically lock front uPVC doors using the keys to activate the deadlock. By doing so, the door cannot be opened from the outside. The key must then be removed and kept in a safe place for just family members to access.”

A forensic examination of the scene was carried out as were house-to-house enquiries.

Anyone with information in connection with this burglary is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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8:18pm Wed 22 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Dc Barker added: "Burglars are at it all times of the day and night, targeting neighbourhoods, walking through streets, trying doors, entering unlocked ones and filling their bags. It’s so simple for them.

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Yes it seems they are out more and more, so get more police out, walking the streets, cycling, driving and stopping those that look shifty and not just whizz round in the Ford Focus
Dc Barker added: "Burglars are at it all times of the day and night, targeting neighbourhoods, walking through streets, trying doors, entering unlocked ones and filling their bags. It’s so simple for them. _________ Yes it seems they are out more and more, so get more police out, walking the streets, cycling, driving and stopping those that look shifty and not just whizz round in the Ford Focus DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 32

8:44pm Wed 22 Jan 14

andyh says...

So, tell the potential burglars just how to do it?
So, tell the potential burglars just how to do it? andyh
  • Score: -6

9:46pm Wed 22 Jan 14

the25man says...

When will people learn to be responsible for there own actions A simple thing as to locking a door properly
When will people learn to be responsible for there own actions A simple thing as to locking a door properly the25man
  • Score: -1

6:44am Thu 23 Jan 14

On Benefits & Proud says...

the25man wrote:
When will people learn to be responsible for there own actions A simple thing as to locking a door properly
It seems people never learn do they. But if they gained access to my property
(which is paid for by the tax payer), they would have to get past a well trained and fed Alsation guard dog. Not to mention the 18 inch long machete I have underneath my bed.
[quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: When will people learn to be responsible for there own actions A simple thing as to locking a door properly[/p][/quote]It seems people never learn do they. But if they gained access to my property (which is paid for by the tax payer), they would have to get past a well trained and fed Alsation guard dog. Not to mention the 18 inch long machete I have underneath my bed. On Benefits & Proud
  • Score: -3

7:49am Thu 23 Jan 14

Blind Haze says...

On Benefits & Proud wrote:
the25man wrote:
When will people learn to be responsible for there own actions A simple thing as to locking a door properly
It seems people never learn do they. But if they gained access to my property
(which is paid for by the tax payer), they would have to get past a well trained and fed Alsation guard dog. Not to mention the 18 inch long machete I have underneath my bed.
I keep a cricket bat next to my bed in case someone breaks in and starts throwing cricket balls at me.
[quote][p][bold]On Benefits & Proud[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: When will people learn to be responsible for there own actions A simple thing as to locking a door properly[/p][/quote]It seems people never learn do they. But if they gained access to my property (which is paid for by the tax payer), they would have to get past a well trained and fed Alsation guard dog. Not to mention the 18 inch long machete I have underneath my bed.[/p][/quote]I keep a cricket bat next to my bed in case someone breaks in and starts throwing cricket balls at me. Blind Haze
  • Score: 5

7:50am Thu 23 Jan 14

Blind Haze says...

On Benefits & Proud wrote:
the25man wrote:
When will people learn to be responsible for there own actions A simple thing as to locking a door properly
It seems people never learn do they. But if they gained access to my property
(which is paid for by the tax payer), they would have to get past a well trained and fed Alsation guard dog. Not to mention the 18 inch long machete I have underneath my bed.
I keep a cricket bat next to my bed in case someone breaks in and starts throwing cricket balls at me.
[quote][p][bold]On Benefits & Proud[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: When will people learn to be responsible for there own actions A simple thing as to locking a door properly[/p][/quote]It seems people never learn do they. But if they gained access to my property (which is paid for by the tax payer), they would have to get past a well trained and fed Alsation guard dog. Not to mention the 18 inch long machete I have underneath my bed.[/p][/quote]I keep a cricket bat next to my bed in case someone breaks in and starts throwing cricket balls at me. Blind Haze
  • Score: 1

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