Burglars target Basildon outbuildings

Basildon residents are being urged to be on high alert following a series of burglaries.

In the first two weeks of April, Essex Police has received 47 reports of break-ins in sheds, garages and commercial buildings across the borough.

Thieves forced the door of a secure garage in Hermitage Drive, Laindon last Saturday (April 14) between 11pm and 9am the next day, making off with two mountain bikes worth around £120.

A football changing room in Swan Mead was broken in to, in which a suspect cut and stole £500 of copper piping, leaving £1,000 of damage to the water system.

The incident took place between 12am on April 13 and 10:30am on April 15.

Chief Inspector Glen Pavelin, Basildon district commander, said: "We are asking the public to be vigilant against any suspicious activity around sheds, garages, and commercial buildings. If you see anyone suspicious, please report it to police immediately.

"We are also advising residents to ensure they invest in good security for their outbuildings; where possible install a shed alarm and invest in heavy duty locks that are harder to force.

“As we are coming up to summer, thieves will know that high value garden tools will be kept in sheds and garages, so make sure your property is properly protected.”

For more crime reduction advice contact Basildon crime reduction officer Lorna Watson on 101.

To report a crime, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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8:48am Wed 18 Apr 12

shallotman says...

Even if caught, our wonderful justice system will only give them a slap on the wrist, as saving money reigns supreme with the penal system.
Even if caught, our wonderful justice system will only give them a slap on the wrist, as saving money reigns supreme with the penal system. shallotman
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10:16am Wed 18 Apr 12

Blind Haze says...

Why are they asking us to report crimes to Crimestoppers rather than the police?
Why are they asking us to report crimes to Crimestoppers rather than the police? Blind Haze
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10:45am Wed 18 Apr 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

Blind Haze wrote:
Why are they asking us to report crimes to Crimestoppers rather than the police?
so that they don't have anything about it. In my experience Crimestoppers are about as much use as a dogsh!t teapot
[quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: Why are they asking us to report crimes to Crimestoppers rather than the police?[/p][/quote]so that they don't have anything about it. In my experience Crimestoppers are about as much use as a dogsh!t teapot The Cater Wood Creeper
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1:47pm Wed 18 Apr 12

Ugly says...

I seem to be on the repeat victims list. I grew up in Laindon/Basildon. Worked hard, made enough money to move out of the area, had a downturn in my finances and moved back. That was 20 months ago, since then I have reported 7 thefts from my property (1 x car - unrecovered, 1 x car broken into, 2 x road motorbikes - write offs, 1 x off road motorbike, 2 x bicycles - seperate occasions - unrecovered). I have the police visiting tonight and I will get the same old story, 'nothing we can do sir', 'do you lock your gate sir?', 'do you have cctv sir?' etc etc etc. Yes I lock my gate, no i dont have cctv (they would steal the cameras too), but now, I am installing a little surpirse for the next would be scum bag. I bet the police come running when this goes off.

We are not bad people, I work for a major national charity and my wife works for the NHS, but enough is enough.

Then the council/police/paper
s also proudly tell me that crime is down in Basildon.

Get real.

If anyone reading this from the public, press, support groups, vigilantes :-), wants more info, then please quote this post and ask, I will respond.
I seem to be on the repeat victims list. I grew up in Laindon/Basildon. Worked hard, made enough money to move out of the area, had a downturn in my finances and moved back. That was 20 months ago, since then I have reported 7 thefts from my property (1 x car - unrecovered, 1 x car broken into, 2 x road motorbikes - write offs, 1 x off road motorbike, 2 x bicycles - seperate occasions - unrecovered). I have the police visiting tonight and I will get the same old story, 'nothing we can do sir', 'do you lock your gate sir?', 'do you have cctv sir?' etc etc etc. Yes I lock my gate, no i dont have cctv (they would steal the cameras too), but now, I am installing a little surpirse for the next would be scum bag. I bet the police come running when this goes off. We are not bad people, I work for a major national charity and my wife works for the NHS, but enough is enough. Then the council/police/paper s also proudly tell me that crime is down in Basildon. Get real. If anyone reading this from the public, press, support groups, vigilantes :-), wants more info, then please quote this post and ask, I will respond. Ugly
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2:21pm Thu 19 Apr 12

LordSpiffSpaffington says...

Sounds good ugly, its not just the police, its the judges that let them go that has led to this. Relying on the police is like relying on anything else in britain, criminals only understand 1 language
Sounds good ugly, its not just the police, its the judges that let them go that has led to this. Relying on the police is like relying on anything else in britain, criminals only understand 1 language LordSpiffSpaffington
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