POLICE in Thurrock are urging residents to lock their uPVC doors properly, after three properties were broken into because the door wasn’t locked properly.
All three burglaries happened in the early hours of Saturday, November 12. In the first in Heathview Road, Grays, suspects forced the front door between 1am and 8am. Car keys to a Audi car were stolen, which was then removed from the drive. It is worth an estimated £25,000.
In the second incident in Oval Gardens, Grays, suspects forced the front door between 1.30am and 6.30am. A total estimated £3,210 worth of items were stolen, including £800 cash, two laptops, a Mulberry bag, two Ipods, two digital cameras, a watch and a sat nav were stolen.
In the third incident, at 5.10am in Nutberry Avenue, suspects forced the front door but were disturbed by the victim before they could steal anything.
DS Mike Wilkinson, from the Thurrock CID target team, said: “Home owners with modern uPVC doors are pulling up the handle on the inside but not turning the key. The burglars then pull the handle down from the outside and ‘pop’ the door open by a small latch that holds it in place. If the key had been turned they would not have been able to get in, as it secures numerous deadlocks on the door, which are very hard to force. This has happened at least three times in a small area over the weekend, and we are keen to prevent this from happening again
“The hassle and trauma these victims will now go through is unimaginable unless you have been burgled yourself, so please heed our advice to help prevent this happening. We are also finding that some residents are still not hiding valuables away in a secure place and are leaving car keys lying around in places accessible through the letter box, so please ensure they are secured away out of sight in a place only family members can access.”
If you have any information about any of these crimes, please call detectives at the Thurrock CID target team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.