Burglars target homes in Wickford and steal cars, jewellery and cash valued at £70,000

Basildon Recorder: Burglars target homes in Wickford and steal cars, jewellery and cash valued at £70,000 Burglars target homes in Wickford and steal cars, jewellery and cash valued at £70,000

BURGLARS have stolen nearly £70,000 of cars, jewellery and cash from Wickford homes in the space of three days – and police say their neighbours could be next.

Ten homes were targeted by the raiders in the crime spree, which involved car keys being taken and the cars stolen, along with other property.

Police say some of the burglaries may be the work of one gang, but are reluctant to put all the raids down to the same criminals.

Officers have stepped up patrols in the area in an effort to reassure householders and are visiting known criminals and warning residents to be vigilant.

A police spokesman said: “We need the people of Essex to help us, by taking sensible precautions to protect their homes and giving us the information we need to put the criminals before the courts.

“When thieves have carried out a successful burglary in an area, they will sometimes return to the locale to carry out further break-ins.

“If you live close to a recent burglary scene, you should be particularly vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.”

HOMES TARGETED

 

  • In Balfour Close, Wickford, where householders awoke to find a burglar in their home at 3.28am on November 27. The intruder was slim and about 6ft tall. He was disturbed before he could take anything
  • In Heybridge Road, Wickford, overnight between November 26 and 27, where the front door was forced and car keys and a £10,000 Ford Fiesta were taken.
  • At a house in Hill Avenue from which jewellery was stolen during the afternoon of November 29.
  • In South Ridge, Billericay overnight on November 29 and 30, where a BMW 520, worth £17,000, was taken from outside a house. A handbag was also stolen.
  • In Belmont Avenue, Wickford, where raiders forced the front door of a house overnight between November 29 and 30, and took 2010 Mercedes C200, worth £10,000.
  • In Waverley Crescent, Wickford, on the night of On houses in Deirdre Avenue, and  Fryern Gardens where a total of £50 was stolen on the afternoon of November 30.
  • At two houses in Brunwins Close where again jewellery was stolen at about the same time.

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10:42am Sat 7 Dec 13

InTheKnowOk says...

Make sure your side gates are padlocked so nobody can break a slat and get their hand through to unbolt it ... Make sure you leave lights on if you know you are coming home late .. Secure fence panels so they can't be lifted out .... Get cameras and step up on alarm security, it's worth it in the long run ... Finally, don't make yourself an easy target ... let's make it harder for them !!
Make sure your side gates are padlocked so nobody can break a slat and get their hand through to unbolt it ... Make sure you leave lights on if you know you are coming home late .. Secure fence panels so they can't be lifted out .... Get cameras and step up on alarm security, it's worth it in the long run ... Finally, don't make yourself an easy target ... let's make it harder for them !! InTheKnowOk

11:17am Sat 7 Dec 13

Fcuk Da Police says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
Make sure your side gates are padlocked so nobody can break a slat and get their hand through to unbolt it ... Make sure you leave lights on if you know you are coming home late .. Secure fence panels so they can't be lifted out .... Get cameras and step up on alarm security, it's worth it in the long run ... Finally, don't make yourself an easy target ... let's make it harder for them !!
The best deterrent is a guard dog. I know its not everyones cup of tea having a dog but its kind of worth it after reading this. I have a German shepherd and I've trained him since he was a puppy. I can guarantee you if a burglar broke into my property, the burgalar would be leaving without a hand or arm. Plus I have an 18 inch long machete which comes in pretty handy if your feeling a bit bored and want to kill and then cut up the burgalar and feed it to your dog. On the other hand, keep your doors and windows locked!
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: Make sure your side gates are padlocked so nobody can break a slat and get their hand through to unbolt it ... Make sure you leave lights on if you know you are coming home late .. Secure fence panels so they can't be lifted out .... Get cameras and step up on alarm security, it's worth it in the long run ... Finally, don't make yourself an easy target ... let's make it harder for them !![/p][/quote]The best deterrent is a guard dog. I know its not everyones cup of tea having a dog but its kind of worth it after reading this. I have a German shepherd and I've trained him since he was a puppy. I can guarantee you if a burglar broke into my property, the burgalar would be leaving without a hand or arm. Plus I have an 18 inch long machete which comes in pretty handy if your feeling a bit bored and want to kill and then cut up the burgalar and feed it to your dog. On the other hand, keep your doors and windows locked! Fcuk Da Police

12:45pm Sat 7 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Fcuk Da Police wrote:
InTheKnowOk wrote:
Make sure your side gates are padlocked so nobody can break a slat and get their hand through to unbolt it ... Make sure you leave lights on if you know you are coming home late .. Secure fence panels so they can't be lifted out .... Get cameras and step up on alarm security, it's worth it in the long run ... Finally, don't make yourself an easy target ... let's make it harder for them !!
The best deterrent is a guard dog. I know its not everyones cup of tea having a dog but its kind of worth it after reading this. I have a German shepherd and I've trained him since he was a puppy. I can guarantee you if a burglar broke into my property, the burgalar would be leaving without a hand or arm. Plus I have an 18 inch long machete which comes in pretty handy if your feeling a bit bored and want to kill and then cut up the burgalar and feed it to your dog. On the other hand, keep your doors and windows locked!
Hope you have trained him not to take meat/food from strangers...could be laced with anything.
[quote][p][bold]Fcuk Da Police[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: Make sure your side gates are padlocked so nobody can break a slat and get their hand through to unbolt it ... Make sure you leave lights on if you know you are coming home late .. Secure fence panels so they can't be lifted out .... Get cameras and step up on alarm security, it's worth it in the long run ... Finally, don't make yourself an easy target ... let's make it harder for them !![/p][/quote]The best deterrent is a guard dog. I know its not everyones cup of tea having a dog but its kind of worth it after reading this. I have a German shepherd and I've trained him since he was a puppy. I can guarantee you if a burglar broke into my property, the burgalar would be leaving without a hand or arm. Plus I have an 18 inch long machete which comes in pretty handy if your feeling a bit bored and want to kill and then cut up the burgalar and feed it to your dog. On the other hand, keep your doors and windows locked![/p][/quote]Hope you have trained him not to take meat/food from strangers...could be laced with anything. DogsMessInLeigh

12:45pm Sat 7 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Fcuk Da Police wrote:
InTheKnowOk wrote:
Make sure your side gates are padlocked so nobody can break a slat and get their hand through to unbolt it ... Make sure you leave lights on if you know you are coming home late .. Secure fence panels so they can't be lifted out .... Get cameras and step up on alarm security, it's worth it in the long run ... Finally, don't make yourself an easy target ... let's make it harder for them !!
The best deterrent is a guard dog. I know its not everyones cup of tea having a dog but its kind of worth it after reading this. I have a German shepherd and I've trained him since he was a puppy. I can guarantee you if a burglar broke into my property, the burgalar would be leaving without a hand or arm. Plus I have an 18 inch long machete which comes in pretty handy if your feeling a bit bored and want to kill and then cut up the burgalar and feed it to your dog. On the other hand, keep your doors and windows locked!
Hope you have trained him not to take meat/food from strangers...could be laced with anything.
[quote][p][bold]Fcuk Da Police[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: Make sure your side gates are padlocked so nobody can break a slat and get their hand through to unbolt it ... Make sure you leave lights on if you know you are coming home late .. Secure fence panels so they can't be lifted out .... Get cameras and step up on alarm security, it's worth it in the long run ... Finally, don't make yourself an easy target ... let's make it harder for them !![/p][/quote]The best deterrent is a guard dog. I know its not everyones cup of tea having a dog but its kind of worth it after reading this. I have a German shepherd and I've trained him since he was a puppy. I can guarantee you if a burglar broke into my property, the burgalar would be leaving without a hand or arm. Plus I have an 18 inch long machete which comes in pretty handy if your feeling a bit bored and want to kill and then cut up the burgalar and feed it to your dog. On the other hand, keep your doors and windows locked![/p][/quote]Hope you have trained him not to take meat/food from strangers...could be laced with anything. DogsMessInLeigh

3:32pm Sat 7 Dec 13

runwellian says...

I lock all my doors even when I am in the house.

CCTV is now cheap and so easy to connect to a computer … and with the right software, can be watched on your mobile no matter where you happen to be.
Lock your laptop to you desk and makes sure you back up any precious files e.g. family pics!

Get a timer switch so that lights go on and off at different times in different rooms, burglars don't like these systems!

don't forget garages and sheds!

Lock i or lose it!
I lock all my doors even when I am in the house. CCTV is now cheap and so easy to connect to a computer … and with the right software, can be watched on your mobile no matter where you happen to be. Lock your laptop to you desk and makes sure you back up any precious files e.g. family pics! Get a timer switch so that lights go on and off at different times in different rooms, burglars don't like these systems! don't forget garages and sheds! Lock i or lose it! runwellian

5:36pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Ive got cameras in and out, two Mastiffs which roam my grounds, and alarms. the dogs are very sociable, running out to meet anyone who triggers the sensors.....
Ive got cameras in and out, two Mastiffs which roam my grounds, and alarms. the dogs are very sociable, running out to meet anyone who triggers the sensors..... Nowthatsworthknowing

6:33pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Minceir. says...

runwellian wrote:
I lock all my doors even when I am in the house.

CCTV is now cheap and so easy to connect to a computer … and with the right software, can be watched on your mobile no matter where you happen to be.
Lock your laptop to you desk and makes sure you back up any precious files e.g. family pics!

Get a timer switch so that lights go on and off at different times in different rooms, burglars don't like these systems!

don't forget garages and sheds!

Lock i or lose it!
You should have locked your 't' !
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: I lock all my doors even when I am in the house. CCTV is now cheap and so easy to connect to a computer … and with the right software, can be watched on your mobile no matter where you happen to be. Lock your laptop to you desk and makes sure you back up any precious files e.g. family pics! Get a timer switch so that lights go on and off at different times in different rooms, burglars don't like these systems! don't forget garages and sheds! Lock i or lose it![/p][/quote]You should have locked your 't' ! Minceir.

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