Security News / burglaries

  • Broken Bent and Words of Praise

    Ever since we first started working with Neighbourhood and Home Network Watch we have, as you may have noticed, made reference to lock-snapping wherever possible. The reason for this is simple – we at Avocet firmly believe every homeowner in the UK should be aware a) of the dangers of lock-snapping and b) the fact that not everyone they should trust when it comes to home security is telling them the truth. As all of you should know by now, only Euro profile locks with either a TS007 3-star rating or SS312 Diamond accreditation can claim to have true snap...

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  • Burglars make off with Footballers £160,000 of Luxury cars

    Thieves have stolen two luxury cars from Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, after burgling his house and swiping the keys. The raiders broke into his house in Little Aston, near Sutton Coldfield, in the early hours of Saturday, by breaking the lock on a uPVC window.After an 'orderly' search, the thieves found the keys to Bent's Audi RS6 and high-spec Range Rover, and took them from the driveway.Police have not released the value of the cars, but they are believed to be worth a combined total of £150,000.Staffordshire Police were called to the address at 3.15am. They have since highlighted...

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  • Summer Break-ins happen so fast

    What’s not to love about summer? There are the long light nights; the warm(ish) weather; even occasional glimpses of the sun. And then, of course, there’s the summer holiday – the chance to get away from it all, somewhere where the sun always shine (unless, of course, you prefer the Lake District). Summer though also sees a huge increase in the number of break-ins and burglaries across the country, so we’ve asked Derrick Purvis, marketing manager of our security products sponsor, Avocet Hardware to guide us through the key steps of making your home secure for the summer.    ...

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  • Lock up to avoid home insurance claim

    Are insurance companies going to update policy information to advise on the new standards for euro cylinders? They certainly know of the risks...
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  • South Yorkshire Burglars Break Locks

    BURGLARS forced their way into 956 homes across South Yorkshire last year by tampering with door locks, new figures reveal. The South Yorkshire Police database recorded a month-by-month rise with 54 offences recorded in January, 66 in June, and 140 in December. Police are now urging residents to upgrade security in a bid to beat the burglars. The force said criminals have been targeting in particular doors where a standard issue ‘Eurolock’ is fitted. Crime reduction officer John Shillito said the locks are cheap to manufacture and install and easy to damage, allowing criminals to force their way in within...

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  • Jail for prolific Huddersfield burglar Levi Castledine

    A MAN who has been burgling Huddersfield homes for more than six years is back behind bars. Oakes criminal Levi Castledine, who played a “central role’’ in a spate of burglaries on homes, has been jailed for more than three years. Castledine, 21, of New Hey Road, was part of a gang which carried out attacks on seven properties over a three-month period last autumn. He was locked up yesterday after a judge at Bradford Crown Court sentenced him to 38 months in jail. Castledine, who had previous convictions for house break-ins, admitted a charge of conspiracy to commit burglary....

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