Warning for Keynsham residents after spate of car key burglaries
Published on: 07 Oct 2016
Burglars stole car keys from homes in Keynsham, Bristol and South Gloucestershire overnight on October 5 as the householders slept.
Police discovered the first burglary when they were called to a report of a crashed car in Crews Hole Road, St George, at about 5.15am on October 6. The BMW was found to have been stolen from an address in Downend, where thieves had broken in and stolen the car keys, taking the car, a laptop and a pushbike without waking the household.
Soon after 6.30am residents of a house in St George reported that their front door had been forced. A watch and a wallet were stolen from the house along with the keys to a BMW and a Vauxhall Corsa, which were also taken.
At 6.50am officers were called to an address in Hanham, where another BMW had been stolen. Again thieves broke into the house and took the car keys and a handbag. Following house-to-house inquiries, officers discovered there had been an attempt to break into a second home nearby.
Just before 8am there was a call reporting a fourth BMW had been stolen from Keynsham. It’s unclear how this vehicle was stolen as the owner still has the keys.
At 9am officers were called by a household who woke to find the front door of their home in Kingswood had been damaged. As yet it’s not believed anything was stolen in this incident.
Local Policing Inspector Steve Davey said: “Our investigations into these offences are in an early stage, and we will obviously keep an open mind as to whether there is any link between them. We would ask anyone with any information which they think could help to get in touch, quoting reference 5216222240.”
He added: “It’s important to lock up and set the alarm, if you have one, at night as well as when you go out. We’d also recommend hiding your keys and handbag or wallet safely out of sight, and never leaving your keys in the back of the door. If you hear a suspicious noise in the night please do check your property and call us straight away if you find any damage or see someone running away.
Remember to call 999 if a crime’s under way or there’s a suspect in the area, otherwise ring 101. You can also report crime online at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact.
There’s more home security advice on the police website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk.