Beckenham woman furious as charity bags are stolen from outside her home

News Shopper: Beverley Fergar has suffered at the hands of the crooks a number of times. Beverley Fergar has suffered at the hands of the crooks a number of times.

CHARITY bags filled with donated goods are being stolen from outside homes across Bromley, News Shopper can reveal.

Beverley Fergar, of Birkbeck Road, Beckenham, who has suffered at the hands of the crooks a number of times, says the problem is getting worse.

She claims thieves approach houses in a white van, before snatching the bags and running off.

The 55-year-old said: "It happened again this morning (November 26).

"I have got these six charity bags in my boot, and I got one bag out for a leukaemia charity.

"I put the bag out at 7.35am and went upstairs to brush my teeth and finish getting ready for work.

"But when I came back down at 7.45am the bag was gone.

"The charity says it will come between 8am and 6pm, so it can't have been them, and I have noticed it going before 8am before.

"Around three months ago a white van drove up, a woman got out, took the bag and ran off.

"I've spoken to a few people and it seems to be common around Beckenham.

"It has been happening more often over the last year or 18 months."

Mrs Fergar regularly leaves bags outside her house for a number of charities, including the British Heart Foundation, Red Cross and Breast Cancer UK.

She added: "It is immoral. It is wrong. It is charity isn't it? These people don't have any principles at all."

News Shopper:

A police spokesman said: "We are aware of this issue as we receive we do the occasional report from across the borough regarding it.

"Police in Bromley would like to urge residents to be wary of bogus charity collectors, after a number reported thefts of donated clothing from doorsteps before it can be collected by the charity's own street collectors.

"We want people to be confident that they can give to charities, but they should be careful to avoid unscrupulous individuals and companies looking to exploit their generosity and goodwill."

Call the Charity Commission helpline on 0870 333 0123.

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12:20pm Mon 2 Dec 13

concerned.erith says...

Unfortunately this is happening again and again. There are such scum low life about that need to steal from charity.
Unfortunately this is happening again and again. There are such scum low life about that need to steal from charity. concerned.erith

12:55pm Mon 2 Dec 13

madras says...

Agree this is a crime and should not be happening but '...has suffered at the hands of the crooks a number of times'

Many of the collections that are not 'theft' are for profit companies that give the charities a very small 'commission' (not necessarily the case here, of course)

So, erm, how about you don't leave them on your doorstep

Take direct to a charity shop?
Agree this is a crime and should not be happening but '...has suffered at the hands of the crooks a number of times' Many of the collections that are not 'theft' are for profit companies that give the charities a very small 'commission' (not necessarily the case here, of course) So, erm, how about you don't leave them on your doorstep Take direct to a charity shop? madras

2:45pm Mon 2 Dec 13

reasonable75 says...

madras wrote:
Agree this is a crime and should not be happening but '...has suffered at the hands of the crooks a number of times'

Many of the collections that are not 'theft' are for profit companies that give the charities a very small 'commission' (not necessarily the case here, of course)

So, erm, how about you don't leave them on your doorstep

Take direct to a charity shop?
It's not always possible to take to shop - people might not have a car, and even if they do parking might be difficult

So doorstep collections are a convenient way of donTing

But these scum are ripping off the charities - they drive around & look for bags. Even if someone sees a van collecting bags they might think it's the genuine collectors
[quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: Agree this is a crime and should not be happening but '...has suffered at the hands of the crooks a number of times' Many of the collections that are not 'theft' are for profit companies that give the charities a very small 'commission' (not necessarily the case here, of course) So, erm, how about you don't leave them on your doorstep Take direct to a charity shop?[/p][/quote]It's not always possible to take to shop - people might not have a car, and even if they do parking might be difficult So doorstep collections are a convenient way of donTing But these scum are ripping off the charities - they drive around & look for bags. Even if someone sees a van collecting bags they might think it's the genuine collectors reasonable75

3:36pm Mon 2 Dec 13

applause says...

The white van man/woman gets the blame again. But seriously, it is bad. I have had numerous items taken from my front garden, and even from the top of my steps. If its not nailed or cemented down, then expect it to go. The other day I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, when the delivery man left my parcel in the green dustbin the day beore pickup. If he had left it on my doorstep, it could have been nicked.
The white van man/woman gets the blame again. But seriously, it is bad. I have had numerous items taken from my front garden, and even from the top of my steps. If its not nailed or cemented down, then expect it to go. The other day I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, when the delivery man left my parcel in the green dustbin the day beore pickup. If he had left it on my doorstep, it could have been nicked. applause

4:13pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Eagles_Man says...

I'm sure theft does happen, but am I missing something here? How does she know it was 'theft' just because they were early and in a white van?

Does she expect the charity to turn up in sign-written vans, and can't believe they might be 15 minutes early?

Anyway I'm only surprised that charities collect enough for it to be worthwhile. We get about one of these bags a fortnight, most of the time it just saves us having to buy bin bags!

Oh, and 'principles' not 'principals'.
I'm sure theft does happen, but am I missing something here? How does she know it was 'theft' just because they were early and in a white van? Does she expect the charity to turn up in sign-written vans, and can't believe they might be 15 minutes early? Anyway I'm only surprised that charities collect enough for it to be worthwhile. We get about one of these bags a fortnight, most of the time it just saves us having to buy bin bags! Oh, and 'principles' not 'principals'. Eagles_Man

5:16pm Mon 2 Dec 13

HearTheFacts says...

Many charity shops will collect bags or items. By phoning them, explain that you are able to take to shop.

It is common for bags to be stolen, even bags left outside charity shops are stolen!. It's appears to be a god give right to take!. When challenged, 'its left there, I'm poor or no one looking'.

Many of these bags are stolen, then the items end up being sold at boot fairs. So next time, when at a boot sale buying your bargains on the cheap. Where's it come from?, It's a flourishing trade!.
Many charity shops will collect bags or items. By phoning them, explain that you are able to take to shop. It is common for bags to be stolen, even bags left outside charity shops are stolen!. It's appears to be a god give right to take!. When challenged, 'its left there, I'm poor or no one looking'. Many of these bags are stolen, then the items end up being sold at boot fairs. So next time, when at a boot sale buying your bargains on the cheap. Where's it come from?, It's a flourishing trade!. HearTheFacts

6:57pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Gypo.Joe says...

You will get this from dodgy men in white vans. Builder types, knockers is what they are, dissolved businesses, anything to earn a tanner merchants.
Probably after sniffing any old drawers, although ladies bicycle saddles is what they prefer most innit Daley ?
You will get this from dodgy men in white vans. Builder types, knockers is what they are, dissolved businesses, anything to earn a tanner merchants. Probably after sniffing any old drawers, although ladies bicycle saddles is what they prefer most innit Daley ? Gypo.Joe

9:47am Tue 3 Dec 13

rescoffering says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
You will get this from dodgy men in white vans. Builder types, knockers is what they are, dissolved businesses, anything to earn a tanner merchants. Probably after sniffing any old drawers, although ladies bicycle saddles is what they prefer most innit Daley ?
...vile, vile comment from the resident extremist... this is 'gypo joe' at work - the cowardly custard who posted a reply to one of the good guys a few days ago on here according to 'ron'... wait for it... someone's posted something - 'gypo joe' who pretends to be a member of the public - has seen the post, logs on, types a reply in three minutes flat!! rofl!! really 'gypo joe' everyone knows who you are!! ...des is jo zerebrale onaine!! ...scheisskopf 'gypo joe' lmao!!
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: You will get this from dodgy men in white vans. Builder types, knockers is what they are, dissolved businesses, anything to earn a tanner merchants. Probably after sniffing any old drawers, although ladies bicycle saddles is what they prefer most innit Daley ?[/p][/quote]...vile, vile comment from the resident extremist... this is 'gypo joe' at work - the cowardly custard who posted a reply to one of the good guys a few days ago on here according to 'ron'... wait for it... someone's posted something - 'gypo joe' who pretends to be a member of the public - has seen the post, logs on, types a reply in three minutes flat!! rofl!! really 'gypo joe' everyone knows who you are!! ...des is jo zerebrale onaine!! ...scheisskopf 'gypo joe' lmao!! rescoffering

11:20am Tue 3 Dec 13

Gypo.Joe says...

rescoffering wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
You will get this from dodgy men in white vans. Builder types, knockers is what they are, dissolved businesses, anything to earn a tanner merchants. Probably after sniffing any old drawers, although ladies bicycle saddles is what they prefer most innit Daley ?
...vile, vile comment from the resident extremist... this is 'gypo joe' at work - the cowardly custard who posted a reply to one of the good guys a few days ago on here according to 'ron'... wait for it... someone's posted something - 'gypo joe' who pretends to be a member of the public - has seen the post, logs on, types a reply in three minutes flat!! rofl!! really 'gypo joe' everyone knows who you are!! ...des is jo zerebrale onaine!! ...scheisskopf 'gypo joe' lmao!!
You sussed me Karl. I'm the web editor and I deliver the Shopper of an evening all disguised as Erastus Piggott.

THAnK yOu
[quote][p][bold]rescoffering[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: You will get this from dodgy men in white vans. Builder types, knockers is what they are, dissolved businesses, anything to earn a tanner merchants. Probably after sniffing any old drawers, although ladies bicycle saddles is what they prefer most innit Daley ?[/p][/quote]...vile, vile comment from the resident extremist... this is 'gypo joe' at work - the cowardly custard who posted a reply to one of the good guys a few days ago on here according to 'ron'... wait for it... someone's posted something - 'gypo joe' who pretends to be a member of the public - has seen the post, logs on, types a reply in three minutes flat!! rofl!! really 'gypo joe' everyone knows who you are!! ...des is jo zerebrale onaine!! ...scheisskopf 'gypo joe' lmao!![/p][/quote]You sussed me Karl. I'm the web editor and I deliver the Shopper of an evening all disguised as Erastus Piggott. THAnK yOu Gypo.Joe

10:11am Thu 5 Dec 13

papaleigh says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
rescoffering wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote: You will get this from dodgy men in white vans. Builder types, knockers is what they are, dissolved businesses, anything to earn a tanner merchants. Probably after sniffing any old drawers, although ladies bicycle saddles is what they prefer most innit Daley ?
...vile, vile comment from the resident extremist... this is 'gypo joe' at work - the cowardly custard who posted a reply to one of the good guys a few days ago on here according to 'ron'... wait for it... someone's posted something - 'gypo joe' who pretends to be a member of the public - has seen the post, logs on, types a reply in three minutes flat!! rofl!! really 'gypo joe' everyone knows who you are!! ...des is jo zerebrale onaine!! ...scheisskopf 'gypo joe' lmao!!
You sussed me Karl. I'm the web editor and I deliver the Shopper of an evening all disguised as Erastus Piggott. THAnK yOu
time to polish the brass at the toilet "joe" ? lol toilet cleaner idiot
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rescoffering[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: You will get this from dodgy men in white vans. Builder types, knockers is what they are, dissolved businesses, anything to earn a tanner merchants. Probably after sniffing any old drawers, although ladies bicycle saddles is what they prefer most innit Daley ?[/p][/quote]...vile, vile comment from the resident extremist... this is 'gypo joe' at work - the cowardly custard who posted a reply to one of the good guys a few days ago on here according to 'ron'... wait for it... someone's posted something - 'gypo joe' who pretends to be a member of the public - has seen the post, logs on, types a reply in three minutes flat!! rofl!! really 'gypo joe' everyone knows who you are!! ...des is jo zerebrale onaine!! ...scheisskopf 'gypo joe' lmao!![/p][/quote]You sussed me Karl. I'm the web editor and I deliver the Shopper of an evening all disguised as Erastus Piggott. THAnK yOu[/p][/quote]time to polish the brass at the toilet "joe" ? lol toilet cleaner idiot papaleigh

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