Lifeline type alarms – Cold Callers

We have been informed about a company called Rancom Security which is cold calling locally, offering a Lifeline type alarm system to elderly and vulnerable residents at overinflated prices.  Contact is often initially made by telephone, and then an appointment is arranged where the resident is pressurised into signing an expensive contract.

If you, or any one you know is considering such an alarm, they are available through Charnwood Borough Council at a cost of £200 per year, with an installation fee of £30.

Wherever possible, please keep an eye on vulnerable neighbours or family members to avoid them becoming victims of this and similar high pressure sales of unnecessarily expensive equipment.

(Information from local beat officer)

 

Burglary – Loughborough Road

Between 10.00pm on Wednesday 22nd and 7.30am on Thursday 23rd February, a house on Loughborough Road (close to junction with Tempest Road) was burgled.  Entry was by smashing the rear kitchen window and then some car keys were stolen.  The car was then taken from outside ( a silver Mercedes Convertible – registration number KU05 UOB ).

Were you in this area around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police none emergency number.

( Information from local beat officer )

Birstall Burglaries

School Lane (middle part).  Around 3.30am on Friday 10th February, the occupant woke up and found an intruder in the hallway, he fled when confronted and it is believed that nothing was taken.  Access was via an insecure rear door.

Roman Road (close to Hermitage Road).  Between 1.00pm on Monday 13th February and 2.00pm on Tuesday 14th February, access was by attacking the lock on the rear patio doors.  It is not yet known what property was taken.

Allington Drive (close to Blenheim Road).  Between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Tuesday 14th February.  Entry was by smashing a rear window with some garden shears, however an unsuccessful attempt had also been made on the back door.  Electrical items and cash were stolen.

Windmill Avenue (close to the shops).  During the evening of Tuesday 14th February, an attempt was made to break in by attacking the front door, but no entry was gained and nothing taken.

Were you in any of these areas around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Caravan Theft.

Between 1.00am and 2.45am on Saturday 11th February, a caravan was stolen from a house in Worcester Avenue.  Police were called and the caravan recovered on Wanlip Lane when it was unhitched during a pursuit.  The offenders got away.

Around the same time, an unsuccessful attempt was also made to steal another caravan from a house in Allington Drive.

Were you around this area at these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Burglary – Station Road

Between 8.45am and 6.00pm on Thursday 9th February, a house on Station Road was burgled.  Access was gained by smashing a rear window, cash and other items were taken.  Access to the rear of the property may have been via the allotments.

Were you in this area around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Thefts from vehicles – Suspicious van

The police are aware of a Silver coloured Transit size van that is going round and the occupants are stealing number plates from vehicles, fitting these to the van and then breaking into other vehicles, so that even when a witness does get the number it just comes back as stolen.

There was a short pursuit in Birstall around 3.00am on Tuesday 17th January, when the van was seen making off from a recent theft, but unfortunately due to the manner of driving it had to be aborted and they got away.  The same van is believed to have been responsible for several other thefts in Hinckley, Barwell & Glenfield overnight and enquiries are ongoing to try to identify the occupants.

If you see such a vehicle in suspicious circumstances, please report it immediately to the police.

(Information from  local beat officer)

Recent Car Break-ins – Arrests

Over last weekend, several males were charged with numerous thefts from vehicles.  They have been charged with a number of crimes from across the county, including six incidents which occurred in Birstall last month.

They have already appeared in court and have been bailed to appear at a later date with various conditions, including a night-time curfew.

More information will be given when available.

(Information from local beat officer)