Burglars get into Benfleet home through unlocked door

Echo: Burglars get into Benfleet home through unlocked door Burglars get into Benfleet home through unlocked door

DETECTIVES are appealing for information following a burglary in Benfleet which has left a woman shocked and upset.

The break-in happened when a thief entered through an unlocked back door of a house on New Road, near to its junction with Templewood Road, in the early hours of Sunday and stole mobile telephones, jewellery, personal documents and a safe.

Investigating Officer, Dc Christian Forbes, said: "Those out walking their dog, out for a jog, driving to work or returning home from a night shift before 8am are all potential witnesses. If they saw a man looking suspicious or out of place in this area, then we need to hear from them.”

Officers take this opportunity to once again remind homeowners of the need to secure their homes by closing and locking windows and doors whether they are inside or outside their property.

Dc Forbes added: "The female owner is upset that she has fallen foul of a burglar and now understands why we urge people to lock their doors.”

A forensic examination of the house has been completed as have house-to-house enquiries.

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

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9:53am Tue 18 Mar 14

pendulum says...

The burglar probably struck between 12am and 5am when the streetlights were off.
The burglar probably struck between 12am and 5am when the streetlights were off. pendulum
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9:55am Tue 18 Mar 14

Rat-man says...

How do the police know it was a man?
How do the police know it was a man? Rat-man
  • Score: -2

10:25am Tue 18 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Lock it, or LOSE IT...
Lock it, or LOSE IT... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -6

10:34am Tue 18 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

Benfleet ? sounds like hadleigh to me.....
Benfleet ? sounds like hadleigh to me..... pembury53
  • Score: 8

10:45am Tue 18 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

pendulum wrote:
The burglar probably struck between 12am and 5am when the streetlights were off.
Surely he would have been too scared to out in the dark....
[quote][p][bold]pendulum[/bold] wrote: The burglar probably struck between 12am and 5am when the streetlights were off.[/p][/quote]Surely he would have been too scared to out in the dark.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: -3

11:57am Tue 18 Mar 14

Touch79 says...

There was a group of around 15 suspicious looking kids (late teens) in that area for large parts of the evening.

They were in John Burrows park around 8pm sniffing around the rear of Solby House. They were still on Rectory Road near the New Road junction around 11.45pm and were seen near Poona about an hour later.

I'd be checking the various CCTV systems between these sites for a start.
There was a group of around 15 suspicious looking kids (late teens) in that area for large parts of the evening. They were in John Burrows park around 8pm sniffing around the rear of Solby House. They were still on Rectory Road near the New Road junction around 11.45pm and were seen near Poona about an hour later. I'd be checking the various CCTV systems between these sites for a start. Touch79
  • Score: 6

12:59pm Tue 18 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

Touch79 wrote:
There was a group of around 15 suspicious looking kids (late teens) in that area for large parts of the evening. They were in John Burrows park around 8pm sniffing around the rear of Solby House. They were still on Rectory Road near the New Road junction around 11.45pm and were seen near Poona about an hour later. I'd be checking the various CCTV systems between these sites for a start.
what carrying a safe ?
[quote][p][bold]Touch79[/bold] wrote: There was a group of around 15 suspicious looking kids (late teens) in that area for large parts of the evening. They were in John Burrows park around 8pm sniffing around the rear of Solby House. They were still on Rectory Road near the New Road junction around 11.45pm and were seen near Poona about an hour later. I'd be checking the various CCTV systems between these sites for a start.[/p][/quote]what carrying a safe ? pembury53
  • Score: -2

1:01pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Cockle says...

pembury53 wrote:
Benfleet ? sounds like hadleigh to me.....
If they're using the postal address then they are correct it is Benfleet.

Benfleet is the postal town, Hadleigh is an optional locality name; according to the Post Office.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: Benfleet ? sounds like hadleigh to me.....[/p][/quote]If they're using the postal address then they are correct it is Benfleet. Benfleet is the postal town, Hadleigh is an optional locality name; according to the Post Office. Cockle
  • Score: 0

1:09pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Cockle says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Lock it, or LOSE IT...
Sadly, you are correct.

The days of being able to leave doors unlocked are long gone.

I saw some crime figures recently for one of Southend's wards; there had been 16 instances of theft from motor vehicles in the reporting period, 12 of the vehicles had been left unlocked. So 75% of these crimes may well have been prevented if someone had turned a key or pushed a button on a key-fob.

With, hopefully, better weather and lighter evenings on the way it is also worth reminding people that it is wise to shut and secure your front doors and windows if you are going to be in the garden, you won't hear anything over the noise of a strimmer or mower. I know it's a pain to do and we shouldn't have to, but.............
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Lock it, or LOSE IT...[/p][/quote]Sadly, you are correct. The days of being able to leave doors unlocked are long gone. I saw some crime figures recently for one of Southend's wards; there had been 16 instances of theft from motor vehicles in the reporting period, 12 of the vehicles had been left unlocked. So 75% of these crimes may well have been prevented if someone had turned a key or pushed a button on a key-fob. With, hopefully, better weather and lighter evenings on the way it is also worth reminding people that it is wise to shut and secure your front doors and windows if you are going to be in the garden, you won't hear anything over the noise of a strimmer or mower. I know it's a pain to do and we shouldn't have to, but............. Cockle
  • Score: -1

1:18pm Tue 18 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

Cockle wrote:
pembury53 wrote: Benfleet ? sounds like hadleigh to me.....
If they're using the postal address then they are correct it is Benfleet. Benfleet is the postal town, Hadleigh is an optional locality name; according to the Post Office.
yeah yeah i know, but it's hadleigh to most of us....
[quote][p][bold]Cockle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: Benfleet ? sounds like hadleigh to me.....[/p][/quote]If they're using the postal address then they are correct it is Benfleet. Benfleet is the postal town, Hadleigh is an optional locality name; according to the Post Office.[/p][/quote]yeah yeah i know, but it's hadleigh to most of us.... pembury53
  • Score: 3

4:42pm Tue 18 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

Touch79 wrote:
There was a group of around 15 suspicious looking kids (late teens) in that area for large parts of the evening.

They were in John Burrows park around 8pm sniffing around the rear of Solby House. They were still on Rectory Road near the New Road junction around 11.45pm and were seen near Poona about an hour later.

I'd be checking the various CCTV systems between these sites for a start.
Don't make assumptions. If there was 15 old people hanging around would you say the same thing?
[quote][p][bold]Touch79[/bold] wrote: There was a group of around 15 suspicious looking kids (late teens) in that area for large parts of the evening. They were in John Burrows park around 8pm sniffing around the rear of Solby House. They were still on Rectory Road near the New Road junction around 11.45pm and were seen near Poona about an hour later. I'd be checking the various CCTV systems between these sites for a start.[/p][/quote]Don't make assumptions. If there was 15 old people hanging around would you say the same thing? I hate the police!
  • Score: -5

1:55pm Mon 7 Apr 14

breywatwilles says...

In my opinion, it is clear case of carelessness. Due to the careless attitude of the house owner, the burglary could have been stopped, if the door was locked. I think all the new houses should install Motion sensor security lighting. Having a security system installed gives an additional sense of safety to your close ones.
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In my opinion, it is clear case of carelessness. Due to the careless attitude of the house owner, the burglary could have been stopped, if the door was locked. I think all the new houses should install Motion sensor security lighting. Having a security system installed gives an additional sense of safety to your close ones. http://www.chamberla indiy.com.au/product s/decoration-motion- lighter/security-mot ion-lighting breywatwilles
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