Riddlesdown Robbers


Throughout the past month, there have been 5 incidents of burglary around the Riddlesdown area, two of which involve students who attend Riddlesdown Collegiate, here is what they had to say for themselves when we interviewed them:

What were you doing at the time of the burglary?

Evie: They entered the house at 3am so I was sleeping.

Elle: I was at school when they came to my house but they took my keys by fishing it through my letter box while I was asleep.

Highlighted houses show victims of the burglaries.

When were you aware that you had been burgled?

Evie: Well as soon as the burglar entered my house my dog started barking which woke us up, and then we realised things were missing. :O

Elle: When I returned home from school and realised I couldn’t find my laptop.


In what way has the experience affected you and your family?

Evie: It has definitely made me and my family more paranoid about deadlocking our front door, we make sure to lock all of our possessions away when we leave the house, and it’s made us value our possessions more.

Elle: It made us really alert and made us think twice about safety of our home, it also meant we had to pay out more money for all of our stolen belongings.

Home security tips-

  • Always lock the door and close the windows when you go out, even if you’ll only be out for a short time, and keep valuables out of sight.

  • Use deadlocks if you have them – they make it harder for thieves to get out again

  • Patio doors should have special locks fitted to the top and bottom – ask your DIY store for advice

  • Don’t leave spare keys outside or in a garage or shed. Keep garden sheds and garages locked and think about using a battery-operated alarm

  • Keep car and garage keys out of sight in the house

  • Don’t leave window and door keys in their locks





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