St Paul's Cray woman asks residents to look out for car stolen after thieves broke in

A red Ford Focus was taken from a property in St Paul's Cray last night

A red Ford Focus was taken from a property in St Paul's Cray last night

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A WOMAN from St Paul’s Cray has appealed for help after theives broke into her home and stole her car.

Susan Drummie posted an image of her bright red Ford Focus earlier today (February 25), which she said was taken from her property in the last 24 hours.

She said on Facebook: “This is my ford focus, was nicked last night. They burgled my house for the keys! If anyone sees it please let me or the police know. X”

Police have confirmed the theft and said officers are currently looking into the incident.

A spokesman said: “Police are investigating a burglary that occurred overnight between 24 and 25 February in Rookery Gardens, in which a Ford Focus was stolen from outside the property after the front door was forced open and car keys stolen.”

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3:02pm Tue 25 Feb 14

SidcupResident says...

NEVER leave your car keys and other valuables by the front door. Burglars simply fish through the letterbox for them whilst you're sleeping and drive away into the night....

As in the case above, if burglars do force the door open, they're an easy find for burglars.

I hope the culprits are caught but I don't hold much hope for them getting anything more severe than a community or suspended sentence.
NEVER leave your car keys and other valuables by the front door. Burglars simply fish through the letterbox for them whilst you're sleeping and drive away into the night.... As in the case above, if burglars do force the door open, they're an easy find for burglars. I hope the culprits are caught but I don't hold much hope for them getting anything more severe than a community or suspended sentence. SidcupResident
  • Score: 2

4:35pm Tue 25 Feb 14

highway warrior says...

No point does it say they were by the front door?
No point does it say they were by the front door? highway warrior
  • Score: 10

4:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Rather than leave your keys out on show - hide them away, so that when these filth break in, they can bring one of your kids into the bedroom at knife-point while you look for them.

DONT LEAVE YOUR KEYS NEAR THE FRONT DOOR - BUT DO NOT HIDE THEM TOTALLY AWAY EITHER !

Just in case they get in, best to leave the keys where they will find them, take them and leave.
Rather than leave your keys out on show - hide them away, so that when these filth break in, they can bring one of your kids into the bedroom at knife-point while you look for them. DONT LEAVE YOUR KEYS NEAR THE FRONT DOOR - BUT DO NOT HIDE THEM TOTALLY AWAY EITHER ! Just in case they get in, best to leave the keys where they will find them, take them and leave. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 3

4:50pm Tue 25 Feb 14

SidcupResident says...

highway warrior wrote:
No point does it say they were by the front door?
That's right it doesn't. However virtually all the people I know that have had their cars stolen in the past, had left their car keys by the front door and had them fished through the letter box.

On one occasion I went round a work colleagues house to find her porch window open, with her car keys and purse on the window ledge....

She seemed surprised when she answered the door, and I handed her keys and purse over. I even explained to get that I could've just reached round and opened the door if I wanted. She didn't leave the porch window open again.

Most burglaries are opportunistic, and unfortunately some people invite crime more than others...

As stated already, the victim in this article is not to blame at all, and I hope the culprits are caught.
[quote][p][bold]highway warrior[/bold] wrote: No point does it say they were by the front door?[/p][/quote]That's right it doesn't. However virtually all the people I know that have had their cars stolen in the past, had left their car keys by the front door and had them fished through the letter box. On one occasion I went round a work colleagues house to find her porch window open, with her car keys and purse on the window ledge.... She seemed surprised when she answered the door, and I handed her keys and purse over. I even explained to get that I could've just reached round and opened the door if I wanted. She didn't leave the porch window open again. Most burglaries are opportunistic, and unfortunately some people invite crime more than others... As stated already, the victim in this article is not to blame at all, and I hope the culprits are caught. SidcupResident
  • Score: 5

4:57pm Tue 25 Feb 14

SidcupResident says...

The Fozziest of Bears wrote:
Rather than leave your keys out on show - hide them away, so that when these filth break in, they can bring one of your kids into the bedroom at knife-point while you look for them.

DONT LEAVE YOUR KEYS NEAR THE FRONT DOOR - BUT DO NOT HIDE THEM TOTALLY AWAY EITHER !

Just in case they get in, best to leave the keys where they will find them, take them and leave.
That's a very extreme case as most burglars would just grab whatever they can and leave, rather than guarantee themselves a custodial sentence...

Plus a lot of burglars would avoid confrontation as legally you can use reasonable force to protect your property. In recent cases this has resulted in the intruder being killed, and no charges being brought against the person that killed them. Personally I think anyone that does that, should get a medal.
[quote][p][bold]The Fozziest of Bears[/bold] wrote: Rather than leave your keys out on show - hide them away, so that when these filth break in, they can bring one of your kids into the bedroom at knife-point while you look for them. DONT LEAVE YOUR KEYS NEAR THE FRONT DOOR - BUT DO NOT HIDE THEM TOTALLY AWAY EITHER ! Just in case they get in, best to leave the keys where they will find them, take them and leave.[/p][/quote]That's a very extreme case as most burglars would just grab whatever they can and leave, rather than guarantee themselves a custodial sentence... Plus a lot of burglars would avoid confrontation as legally you can use reasonable force to protect your property. In recent cases this has resulted in the intruder being killed, and no charges being brought against the person that killed them. Personally I think anyone that does that, should get a medal. SidcupResident
  • Score: 19

5:39pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Mrsdrum says...

Keys were out of sight and they found them first and left, fortunately! I think our dog scared them from stealing any more. I have 3 kids and am thankful they didn't go routing through our things. We are gutted as we've worked extremely hard to get to a position to get a car like this especially as we only had it 11 weeks. I doubt it still has the plates on it. It'll be long gone now I suspect.
They popped the door with possibly gloves on and left little damage!
Keys were out of sight and they found them first and left, fortunately! I think our dog scared them from stealing any more. I have 3 kids and am thankful they didn't go routing through our things. We are gutted as we've worked extremely hard to get to a position to get a car like this especially as we only had it 11 weeks. I doubt it still has the plates on it. It'll be long gone now I suspect. They popped the door with possibly gloves on and left little damage! Mrsdrum
  • Score: 11

12:52pm Wed 26 Feb 14

kentlad says...

Mrsdrum wrote:
Keys were out of sight and they found them first and left, fortunately! I think our dog scared them from stealing any more. I have 3 kids and am thankful they didn't go routing through our things. We are gutted as we've worked extremely hard to get to a position to get a car like this especially as we only had it 11 weeks. I doubt it still has the plates on it. It'll be long gone now I suspect.
They popped the door with possibly gloves on and left little damage!
Total scum bags!!!! it’s easy for people to say you should have done this or you should have done that.... truth is every burglar is different and you never know what they are capable of. I'm pleased to hear none of the family were hurt and they did just take the car as upsetting as it is a car is insured and replaceable your life isn’t!

Good Luck
[quote][p][bold]Mrsdrum[/bold] wrote: Keys were out of sight and they found them first and left, fortunately! I think our dog scared them from stealing any more. I have 3 kids and am thankful they didn't go routing through our things. We are gutted as we've worked extremely hard to get to a position to get a car like this especially as we only had it 11 weeks. I doubt it still has the plates on it. It'll be long gone now I suspect. They popped the door with possibly gloves on and left little damage![/p][/quote]Total scum bags!!!! it’s easy for people to say you should have done this or you should have done that.... truth is every burglar is different and you never know what they are capable of. I'm pleased to hear none of the family were hurt and they did just take the car as upsetting as it is a car is insured and replaceable your life isn’t! Good Luck kentlad
  • Score: 7

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