Keep doors locked early evening to deter burglars
Incident 293, 276, 296, 302 of 27 February 2012
Police are sending an urgent request to the public to keep your doors locked at home even if you are popping out for a short time leaving others in the house, after a number of early evening burglaries in the north of the county.
At 6.45pm on Monday evening 27 February in Tressillian Road, Exhall, a silver Vauxhall Vectra with partial registration AK55 was stolen after burglars walked in to the home through an unlocked door and stole the car keys and a wallet that had been left near the door. The thieves stole the silver Vectra from the driveway outside and drove off towards Coventry Road.
At around 7pm – the exact time is not known - a man was watching TV when he heard the door handle creak at his home in Busbys Piece, Monks Kirby near Rugby. He went to the door in time to see a man reach inside the house to grab a computer bag that had no computer in and run off. He shouted at the male to say it’s just paperwork in the bag and saw him get into a silver car containing two other males that drove off towards Withybrook. The male who grabbed the bag is described as a white male, approximately 18-25 years old with blond hair. The man drove around the area and found the paperwork on a lane between Withybrook and the Fosseway.
Later, at approximately 7.40pm in Packwood Close, Nuneaton, a woman was eating her dinner in the living room when she heard someone trying the front door. They didn’t ring the door bell. She got up and went towards the door but by the time she got there all she saw was a silver Vectra driving off quickly.
Just a few minutes later at 7.45pm in Whitestone Road, Nuneaton, a woman was upstairs when she heard the front door open and shouted down ‘hello’ thinking it was other members of her family returning home. No-one responded and she looked out onto the front driveway and noticed their black Audi S3 saloon with partial registration G8 was not there. She looked down the stairs to see the front door was open and walked downstairs and noticed the car keys were missing. She then rang the police. The front door had been left unlocked.
Officers are investigating whether some or all of the incidents are linked and appealing for any witnesses to contact DI Todd Lomax in Local Investigation on 01926 415000 ext 3108 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Crime Prevention Manager George Stepney said “It is really important that all members of the family are asked to keep the doors locked even if it is early and others are at home. Burglars are always looking for ‘easy pickings’. If you make it difficult for them by locking your doors, they cannot just walk in and help themselves to your car keys, handbag or laptop.
We are also urging people to keep keys and other valuables in a safe place away from doors and windows where they cannot be seen.