Sadly someone has tried to break into our house over the last few days (high end of Lowther Hill), thankfully unsuccessfully.
We are a lower ground floor flat and have a bathroom window on the front of the house, but oblique from the street. We have good double glazing which is left open a crack on snib closing (ie they can be opened a few centimetres but no further). We keep these open 5cm or less as we do need ventilation after morning showers but any wider and the local wideboy tom cats sneak in and eat our cat’s food.
Someone tried to break in over the last few days by trying to jemmy open this window. They didn’t succeed, though have broken the interior of the plastic sash (so the window will now need to be replaced at some cost).
101 gave me a CRN but I also got a polemic from the guy on the other end of the phone about how there was nothing we could really do to prevent burglary as CCTV is generally useless and if someone is determined they will get in. Not very reassuring! However a SOCO will attend in the next few days, and I am reassured that our window was strong enough to deter the opportunist from getting in.
That’s at least two successful break ins and one unsuccessful on Lowther Hill in the last two weeks, so neighbours, please keep your windows shut and take precautions.