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Joined: Nov 2012
Post: #1
15-11-2012 02:30 PM

Just to alert everyone to double lock your front doors as there have been a number of opportunist break ins (at least two yesterday) with the front doors being kicked in within the Forest Hill / Catford borders.... Cursing

This post was last modified: 15-11-2012 02:33 PM by Chipcity.

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Joined: Dec 2007
Post: #2
15-11-2012 07:46 PM

Someone tried to jemmy open front door yesterday.

Cops said they had plenty of reports of burglaries around the area. Sounds like the same fellow.

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Joined: Jan 2004
Post: #3
15-11-2012 08:27 PM

There have been a couple of attempts in Westwood Park recently - targeting empty houses during the day, by simply kicking in front doors. If they are only secured with a Yale and especially if there is a porch providing cover it barely gets noticed. Worth checking your front door is secure - my wife now deadlocks the doors as she works from home during the day.

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Post: #4
16-11-2012 11:26 AM

LewishamMPS usually tweet the number of overnight burglaries. Given the number of properties around its not alarmingly high, but scary to see its a nightly thing, and sometimes up in double figures.

We had 11 burglaries overnight all over the Borough - Forest Hill, Brockley, Blackheath and Downham to name but a few.....

They also offer a helpful guide to securing your home.
Have you taken our virtual tour yet? it is designed to advise you on areas that may be vulnerable in your home

This post was last modified: 16-11-2012 11:30 AM by Snazy.

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Joined: Mar 2009
Post: #5
17-11-2012 11:08 PM

We came back today to find someone had attempted to force the door at the back, breaking all the glass on one side. They must have scaled the side gate to get to the back.
We think the breaking glass scared them off, as it doesn't look like they came in; nothing disturbed.
That must have been in the middle of a bright Saturday afternoon!

The police were here very quickly after being called; all credit to them. "Scene of Crime Officer" has checked it all out and everything!

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Mr Tumnus

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Post: #6
19-11-2012 11:30 AM

This happened to us a couple of years ago - came back from a week away to find our front door boarded up. Two guys had, in the middle of the day, come into the communal area of our maisonettes and gone at both our front door and our neighbour's at the same time. Ours gave way first it would seem and they got in, one kicked in the internal door leading to the downstairs rooms while the other ran upstairs and started rifling through our drawers. Luckily our upstairs neighbour was working from home, and came out onto the stairwell to see what the noise was. They must have heard his front door go, and scarpered with a few small pieces of jewellery and the first disc of Season 1 of The Wire (! Maybe they wanted to see if they liked it first before committing to the whole box...)

Anyway, the police indicated to our neighbour that they had a good idea who it was, given the bluntness of the approach, but I don't know if any arrests were made. I did think at the time though that with that M.O. it wouldn't be long before they were caught. maybe they were, and now they're back...

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Post: #7
19-11-2012 02:10 PM

Although we have a tall and secure side gate for the shared alleyway, I have just purchased some razor spikes (together with a warning sign - although I am not sure whether these type of people deserve any warning) to attach to the top as an alternative to the unsightly razor wire that you sometimes see.

The side alleyways are an obvious weekpoint and it is very easy to use a ladder, sit on the top and pull the ladder over to the other side.

There are some on Ebay and they even cut to size.

There are legal requirements as to where you can situate such measures and you should check them before purchasing.

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