Southend car thieves get keys through letterbox

Echo: Police warn drivers not to leave keys within reach of a letterbox Police warn drivers not to leave keys within reach of a letterbox

 

BURGLARS stole a car after breaking into a porch and then fishing its keys through a letterbox.

Police are appealing for information after the blue 56-registration Ford Mondeo was stolen following the burglary in South Avenue, Southend.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "Keys to the car were stolen after the front porch was broken in to and an implement used to obtain the keys through the letterbox.

The vehicle was then removed from the driveway."

It happened between 11.30pm on Friday, June 20 and 11am this morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Sam Kyle at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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5:24pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Royr says...

How many times, and how many warnings does it need for people to wake up?
It should be a question on the car insurance form:
Where is the car parked at night?
Where are the keys kept at night?
Absolutely no sympathy.
How many times, and how many warnings does it need for people to wake up? It should be a question on the car insurance form: Where is the car parked at night? Where are the keys kept at night? Absolutely no sympathy. Royr
  • Score: -11

5:33pm Sat 21 Jun 14

BIRLIS says...

It is, unfortunately, a well used tactic. Best to keep those keys out of sight!
It is, unfortunately, a well used tactic. Best to keep those keys out of sight! BIRLIS
  • Score: 12

5:41pm Sat 21 Jun 14

BIRLIS says...

Of course it doesn't excuse what happened to this lady, but out of interest are they really that bad? Everyone I know who has used them was very happy with the price. Perhaps some people misrepresented their cars' condition...?
Of course it doesn't excuse what happened to this lady, but out of interest are they really that bad? Everyone I know who has used them was very happy with the price. Perhaps some people misrepresented their cars' condition...? BIRLIS
  • Score: -6

5:42pm Sat 21 Jun 14

BIRLIS says...

BIRLIS wrote:
Of course it doesn't excuse what happened to this lady, but out of interest are they really that bad? Everyone I know who has used them was very happy with the price. Perhaps some people misrepresented their cars' condition...?
Oops, wrong story!
[quote][p][bold]BIRLIS[/bold] wrote: Of course it doesn't excuse what happened to this lady, but out of interest are they really that bad? Everyone I know who has used them was very happy with the price. Perhaps some people misrepresented their cars' condition...?[/p][/quote]Oops, wrong story! BIRLIS
  • Score: 9

6:58pm Sat 21 Jun 14

alarminstaller says...

First called 'Millennium burglaries' because they became a serious problem way back in the year 2000.

The reason was because cars became hard to steal without keys, leaving either two choices stealing from homes OR which is worse a Robbery which involved violence to a driver when the car is being used.

I just wish the Legal system would be more severe on offenders because they have decided to chance a crime where there is a likelihood that violence will be used when a householder confronts the burglar.

A 5 year starting sentence would make these thieves think 'is it worth that amount of time'
First called 'Millennium burglaries' because they became a serious problem way back in the year 2000. The reason was because cars became hard to steal without keys, leaving either two choices stealing from homes OR which is worse a Robbery which involved violence to a driver when the car is being used. I just wish the Legal system would be more severe on offenders because they have decided to chance a crime where there is a likelihood that violence will be used when a householder confronts the burglar. A 5 year starting sentence would make these thieves think 'is it worth that amount of time' alarminstaller
  • Score: 15

10:07am Sun 22 Jun 14

Doughnut says...

TBH I'd rather the keys were on show than to have some thug rummaging through my cupboards, or even worse, waking us up and demanding the keys with menace. It's only a piece of metal that's insured anyway. These were too easy to steal, mind...
TBH I'd rather the keys were on show than to have some thug rummaging through my cupboards, or even worse, waking us up and demanding the keys with menace. It's only a piece of metal that's insured anyway. These were too easy to steal, mind... Doughnut
  • Score: 3

5:22pm Sun 22 Jun 14

arram says...

I can remember many years ago in London when there was a spate of car thefts from peoples houses...the thieves used a fishing rod pushed through the letter box taking the keys from a table close to the front door....I am sure that many people place their keys in a similar spot
I can remember many years ago in London when there was a spate of car thefts from peoples houses...the thieves used a fishing rod pushed through the letter box taking the keys from a table close to the front door....I am sure that many people place their keys in a similar spot arram
  • Score: 3

5:26pm Sun 22 Jun 14

alarminstaller says...

Doughnut wrote:
TBH I'd rather the keys were on show than to have some thug rummaging through my cupboards, or even worse, waking us up and demanding the keys with menace. It's only a piece of metal that's insured anyway. These were too easy to steal, mind...
I would like to agree with you because you are probably correct.
However if we was to give in to everything and take the easy route all the time unfortunately very soon we would be unable to afford insurance because it would be too expensive or uninsurable.
In this country we expect the legal system to protect us in our homes unfortunately it is failing to do so and we are spending more and more on a failing legal system.
I believe the people that are doing these burglaries are a tiny minority inflicting terrible problems on the vast majority, which can undermine the confidence of people to feel safe at home which has been a right for centuries hence the term 'An English mans home is his Castle'
I am no longer interested in worrying about the rights of the thief I am only interested in the safety and security of people that are in their own homes.
These useless idle lazy thieves take the easy way in life becoming rich without working.
5 years for the burglary of an occupied dwelling home should be the minimum term.
10 years should be the minimum term for anyone entering a dwelling at night that is armed with any type of weapon.
In addition to a long custodial sentence the villain and 99% do not want to escape should be made to work during that time like they do in the USA chain gangs mending pot holes etc and perhaps they might become experts at mending pot holes and carry on when they are free! god only knows we need someone to mend pot holes.
At least householders will feel safer and villains will know and decide if it is worth it doing 5 years.
Unlike now these villains know on a good day at court with a good brief and a liberal elitist judge very little will happen.
We must not blame the aggrieved we must blame the failing system.
[quote][p][bold]Doughnut[/bold] wrote: TBH I'd rather the keys were on show than to have some thug rummaging through my cupboards, or even worse, waking us up and demanding the keys with menace. It's only a piece of metal that's insured anyway. These were too easy to steal, mind...[/p][/quote]I would like to agree with you because you are probably correct. However if we was to give in to everything and take the easy route all the time unfortunately very soon we would be unable to afford insurance because it would be too expensive or uninsurable. In this country we expect the legal system to protect us in our homes unfortunately it is failing to do so and we are spending more and more on a failing legal system. I believe the people that are doing these burglaries are a tiny minority inflicting terrible problems on the vast majority, which can undermine the confidence of people to feel safe at home which has been a right for centuries hence the term 'An English mans home is his Castle' I am no longer interested in worrying about the rights of the thief I am only interested in the safety and security of people that are in their own homes. These useless idle lazy thieves take the easy way in life becoming rich without working. 5 years for the burglary of an occupied dwelling home should be the minimum term. 10 years should be the minimum term for anyone entering a dwelling at night that is armed with any type of weapon. In addition to a long custodial sentence the villain and 99% do not want to escape should be made to work during that time like they do in the USA chain gangs mending pot holes etc and perhaps they might become experts at mending pot holes and carry on when they are free! god only knows we need someone to mend pot holes. At least householders will feel safer and villains will know and decide if it is worth it doing 5 years. Unlike now these villains know on a good day at court with a good brief and a liberal elitist judge very little will happen. We must not blame the aggrieved we must blame the failing system. alarminstaller
  • Score: 6

9:34pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Lesley says...

They went to all that trouble for a Mondeo?
They went to all that trouble for a Mondeo? Lesley
  • Score: 1

7:03pm Mon 23 Jun 14

runwellian says...

Doughnut wrote:
TBH I'd rather the keys were on show than to have some thug rummaging through my cupboards, or even worse, waking us up and demanding the keys with menace. It's only a piece of metal that's insured anyway. These were too easy to steal, mind...
so do you leave your cash and other valuables somewhere the burglars can easily find them to avoid being threatened?

Burglar alarms are cheap enough but putting your keys somewhere safe at night costs nothing!

Why do we all assume that if it is inside our home it is safe?
[quote][p][bold]Doughnut[/bold] wrote: TBH I'd rather the keys were on show than to have some thug rummaging through my cupboards, or even worse, waking us up and demanding the keys with menace. It's only a piece of metal that's insured anyway. These were too easy to steal, mind...[/p][/quote]so do you leave your cash and other valuables somewhere the burglars can easily find them to avoid being threatened? Burglar alarms are cheap enough but putting your keys somewhere safe at night costs nothing! Why do we all assume that if it is inside our home it is safe? runwellian
  • Score: 1

10:40pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Royr says...

This voting system puzzles me.
My original post is currently -10 (including a +1 from me)
BIRLIS original post is currently 11 (including a +1 from me)
BIRLIS said in one line what I said in several.
The only real difference is my final line
Would any of the negative voters care to comment?
This voting system puzzles me. My original post is currently -10 (including a +1 from me) BIRLIS original post is currently 11 (including a +1 from me) BIRLIS said in one line what I said in several. The only real difference is my final line Would any of the negative voters care to comment? Royr
  • Score: -2

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