Hi All, please read and keep your deadlocks on your doors secure. My wife encountered an Attempted burglary today; this is her record of it.
Hi all, at 1:30PM today (17 Jan 2019) I decided to have an afternoon nap in the living room with curtains open as it was a nice day. 15 mins later I was awakened by the doorbell but decided to ignore it, usually do as get a lot of timewasters, as I wasn’t expecting someone nor a parcel. This person rung my doorbell again and then next doors (we share the front door but have our own front door within the hall way). I got up and to check but luckily, he didn’t see me and I don’t know why but I suddenly felt scared. Then he disappeared and then I heard him trying to unlock the front door, but was unsuccessful the first time. I got scared not to stand up in case he sees me so I lay on the sofa very still putting cushions on top of me. I heard him again shouting something like “Joyce come out! Joyce come out”! I thought no one named Joyce or something like that lives here. He then rung both doorbells again; this time he tried again to unlock the door. When I knew he was by the door, I run as quick as I can towards our own front door and by the time I reached my front door he had opened the main front door and was already IN our shared hallway. He attempted to open next doors door first but again was unsuccessful so he turned to open ours. I was standing behind my front door listening all time then I saw this fillet knife or a slim ATM looking metal sliding upwards and downwards trying to open our door till it basically opened the lock so I pushed the door shut before he got chance to open the door. My instincts were correct, he wasn’t the cleaner!!! I was so frightened as he now knew I was behind the door to the point that I didn’t think of double locking my door when it happened. During the time he was opening my door lock I had dialled 999 on loud speaker. When the police answered I shouted out the burglar “who’s that”, I have the Police on the phone, go away. Immediately he stopped what he was doing and ran out into the road up the street towards Garthorne Road. Scary to know this happens in broad daylight.
The Police came around to investigate and was aware of this person doing the rounds. He was a tall big built black man. He was wearing like a dark green winter coat with a white shopping bag similar to a JD sports carrier bag. The Police said these tools can open Yale locks which makes it very easy now; therefore, always lock your “deadlock/deadbolt” at all times on both front and your main doors. I just didn’t double lock ours because I was at home.
Contact details for Lewisham Police 0300 123 1212