Attempted Burglary across the road from me

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Found 13th Aug 2009
My neighbour came across the road and told me that some people had got into his house last night - through a double glazed door... he had forgotten to double lock the door!

If it hadn't been for the hall radiator falling off the wall, they wouldn't have woken up - the thief of course scarpered.

He said he wasn't even going to tell the police as nothing had been taken.

I think that is wrong - I know nothing is going to be done, but we can't all stick our head in the sand and pretend things aren't happening around us.

My sister got burgled and her car nicked last year - if people are warned about locking their double glazed front doors - then further burglaries might be prevented!

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If it hadn't been for the hall radiator falling off the wall



:?

I've seen people rummaging through skips for copper/metal, but never breaking into a house to steal the plumbing :w00t:

if people are warned about locking their double glazed front doors - then … if people are warned about locking their double glazed front doors - then further burglaries might be prevented!



It's common sense really :?

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midlandscomics;6009167

:?I've seen people rummaging through skips for copper/metal, but never … :?I've seen people rummaging through skips for copper/metal, but never breaking into a house to steal the plumbing :w00t:It's common sense really :thumbsup:



lol at first comment.

It might be Common sense to you - but there are so many people who don't do it.

" if people are warned about locking their double glazed front doors - then further burglaries might be prevented!"

You think people need to be told to lock their doors??

There's nothing to stop you phoning your local police station yourself & telling them ?

Something happened near me last night, too. The police helicopter was out at around 10pm for an hour, as it hovered above the fields behind my house, only for it to come back at 2am for another 20 minutes. I'm sure it had to be something fairly significant, as I doubt they'd go to that length if, say, someone farted on a granny.

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IS there anyone on here who would dare admit that they don't always lock their front door?

I do - my son even reminds me every night as I tuck him up.

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We_Are_138;6009210

Something happened near me last night, too. The police helicopter was out … Something happened near me last night, too. The police helicopter was out at around 10pm for an hour, as it hovered above the fields behind my house, only for it to come back at 2am for another 20 minutes. I'm sure it had to be something fairly significant, as I doubt they'd go to that length if, say, someone farted on a granny.



haha of course - naughty grandad though hey!

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snowtiger;6009204

There's nothing to stop you phoning your local police station yourself & … There's nothing to stop you phoning your local police station yourself & telling them ?



well driving home just now - I saw a beat officer and pulled over to let him know, then went and warned my over the road neighbour that i had told him.

ive left the back door wide open and gone out shopping for the full day before, by accident of course, wouldnt dare tell the hubby tho

I dont always lock mine..have left front door unlocked all day while i have gone to work.
Then again i live in an upper class safe area :P

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Butterflies;6009240

well driving home just now - I saw a beat officer and pulled over to let … well driving home just now - I saw a beat officer and pulled over to let him know, then went and warned my over the road neighbour that i had told him.



Just don't make it official or your house insurance will go up :whistling:

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Butterflies;6009213

IS there anyone on here who would dare admit that they don't always lock … IS there anyone on here who would dare admit that they don't always lock their front door?I do - my son even reminds me every night as I tuck him up.


think you need to read that other thread about the postie walking in.

lots of people said they dont lock their doors if they were in. :w00t:

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lumoruk;6009304

Just don't make it official or your house insurance will go up :whistling:



Well it definately will if claims are being made and there are more burglaries.

Again another reason why prevention is best then there won't need to be claims.

I don't live in a rough area - It's just a nice suburban street Insurance isn't so bad at the moment.

Yeah, keeping your doors unlocked when you are IN the house is just as crazy as when you're OUT....

Personally if a burglar is going to try and rob my house i'd rather they did it when me and my family weren't there to be stabbed or shot at!
And leaving the door open for them when you're home is just asking for trouble.

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csiman;6009339

think you need to read that other thread about the postie walking in.lots … think you need to read that other thread about the postie walking in.lots of people said they dont lock their doors if they were in. :w00t:



really - I missed that one - Nooooo!

I spoke to our postie last week and he said they had one sacked for stealing. Good riddence too!

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Babbabooey;6009352

i'd rather they did it when me and my family weren't there to be stabbed … i'd rather they did it when me and my family weren't there to be stabbed or shot at!



Go out much? :lol:

lumoruk;6009368

Go out much? :lol:



Yeah everyday. You?

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Babbabooey;6009352

Yeah, keeping your doors unlocked when you are IN the house is just as … Yeah, keeping your doors unlocked when you are IN the house is just as crazy as when you're OUT.... Personally if a burglar is going to try and rob my house i'd rather they did it when me and my family weren't there to be stabbed or shot at!And leaving the door open for them when you're home is just asking for trouble.



Of course, but most burglars don't want to be caught and therefore are either going to do it when you are out - or in the night when they think they are not going to be disturbed.

If they do come in the night, they are more than likely going to steal things from downstairs like a laptop, keys and money so they can make a fast get away in your car.

Ohhh i had a dream we were burgled last night, all 3 houses in a row. All i was bothered about was my laptop as it has all my photos in.

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you heard it here first folks

lock your doors and windows!

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Butterflies;6009360

really - I missed that one - Nooooo!I spoke to our postie last week and … really - I missed that one - Nooooo!I spoke to our postie last week and he said they had one sacked for stealing. Good riddence too!


yep - a few here that think its normal practice to leave your doors unlocked :-D

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dimebars;6009395

you heard it here first folkslock your doors and windows!



My parents were broken into through the PVC Double Glazed door a couple of years ago and whilst at uni 30 houses in our street were done within 2 months. Lots of people including myself was totally unaware of the vulnerability of PVC doors and treated them like a normal wooden type door.

Its not about locking the door because the doors lock when you close them, but its about DOUBLE locking them by pushing the handle up and turning the key so you can't open it from the inside either. This puts an extra 2 or 4 locks in place stopping criminals just 'popping' the door open over the normal lock.

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the2ocan;6009453

My parents were broken into through the PVC Double Glazed door a couple … My parents were broken into through the PVC Double Glazed door a couple of years ago and whilst at uni 30 houses in our street were done within 2 months. Lots of people including myself was totally unaware of the vulnerability of PVC doors and treated them like a normal wooden type door.Its not about locking the door because the doors lock when you close them, but its about DOUBLE locking them by pushing the handle up and turning the key so you can't open it from the inside either. This puts an extra 2 or 4 locks in place stopping criminals just 'popping' the door open over the normal lock.



You are totally correct - it is about double locking! Many people don't and are not aware of how easy it is to get into double glazed houses.

In fact if you get burgled and your double glazed windows are not locked then you are not covered by your insurance

the2ocan;6009453

My parents were broken into through the PVC Double Glazed door a couple … My parents were broken into through the PVC Double Glazed door a couple of years ago and whilst at uni 30 houses in our street were done within 2 months. Lots of people including myself was totally unaware of the vulnerability of PVC doors and treated them like a normal wooden type door.Its not about locking the door because the doors lock when you close them, but its about DOUBLE locking them by pushing the handle up and turning the key so you can't open it from the inside either. This puts an extra 2 or 4 locks in place stopping criminals just 'popping' the door open over the normal lock.



Butterflies;6009495

You are totally correct - it is about double locking! Many people don't … You are totally correct - it is about double locking! Many people don't and are not aware of how easy it is to get into double glazed houses.In fact if you get burgled and your double glazed windows are not locked then you are not covered by your insurance



I've never seen a PVCu door that will lock at all without pushing the handle up while turning the key :?

midlandscomics;6009514

I've never seen a PVCu door that will lock at all without pushing the … I've never seen a PVCu door that will lock at all without pushing the handle up while turning the key :?



I've lived in two different houses with PVCu doors and they both locked from the outside by simply shutting them but you could open them internally without a key. Although a friend of mine has to always use a key to stop theirs opening from the outside, which I guess is better.

the2ocan;6009542

I've lived in two different houses with PVCu doors and they both locked … I've lived in two different houses with PVCu doors and they both locked from the outside by simply shutting them but you could open them internally without a key. Although a friend of mine has to always use a key to stop theirs opening from the outside, which I guess is better.



So you could lock yourself out without a key (like a security latch)?? I've honestly never seen one of these, I thought they all had deadlocks that you had to lock with a key

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the2ocan;6009542

I've lived in two different houses with PVCu doors and they both locked … I've lived in two different houses with PVCu doors and they both locked from the outside by simply shutting them but you could open them internally without a key. Although a friend of mine has to always use a key to stop theirs opening from the outside, which I guess is better.




I lived in one house where the door locked no problems and the house wasn't accessible without a key.. Then I moved here and realised after a couple of months that people could walk in off the street . We then found the lock wasn't even working and the house had been left unlocked the whole time.

It was a shock, and we were lucky not to be burgled during that time. We have since changed the entire door, as the lock smith couldn't help!

dcx_badass;6009544

TBH it's just stupidity not doing that anyway.



:oops: I seem to know a lot of stupid people then

midlandscomics;6009561

So you could lock yourself out without a key (like a security latch)?? … So you could lock yourself out without a key (like a security latch)?? I've honestly never seen one of these, I thought they all had deadlocks that you had to lock with a key



Yep, the middle part of the lock won't open from the outside the same as a metal part on a standard wooden door. The problem is the plastic has too much give in it, so a wedging something against the door and the frame will prise it over the lock.

having 24hour CCTV >>>>

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midlandscomics;6009514

I've never seen a PVCu door that will lock at all without pushing the … I've never seen a PVCu door that will lock at all without pushing the handle up while turning the key :?



me either

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dimebars;6010125

me either



my back door does, but then its a uPVC stable door style one with turn knobs on the inside.

http://www.supremewindows.co.uk/files/Stable%20split.jpg

We_Are_138;6009210

Something happened near me last night, too. The police helicopter was out … Something happened near me last night, too. The police helicopter was out at around 10pm for an hour, as it hovered above the fields behind my house, only for it to come back at 2am for another 20 minutes. I'm sure it had to be something fairly significant, as I doubt they'd go to that length if, say, someone farted on a granny.


:shock: http://i26.tinypic.com/260d7ut.jpg

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Download_Dave;6010605

:shock:



Could have blurred the text box a little

We_Are_138;6009210

Something happened near me last night, too. The police helicopter was out … Something happened near me last night, too. The police helicopter was out at around 10pm for an hour, as it hovered above the fields behind my house, only for it to come back at 2am for another 20 minutes. I'm sure it had to be something fairly significant, as I doubt they'd go to that length if, say, someone farted on a granny.



:lol: i love the police helicopter :lol:

last day of 6th year at skl last year and all the local schools 6th years just had a massive party in the local park in the middle of the afternoon music, barbeques, fireworks, booze :lol: just about half the local police were surrounding us but there was nothing they could do lol the ws a good 500 of us, the helicopter came eventually we all found it hilarious at the time :lol:
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