Police appeal after theft at Loughton flat

Hundreds of DVDs as well as electronic devices were stolen from a flat.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglars stole a flatscreen TV, an Amazon Kindle, a laptop, an Xbox console with its games, as well as an iPhone and a Louis Vuitton handbag from the Loughton flat on Thursday.

Cash and jewellery were also taken from the home in School House Gardens between 2.30pm and 7.20pm.

Police hope someone may have seen the burglars as they would have needed to transport their loot in a vehicle, and there is only one way in and out of the cul-de-sac.

Officers are also hopeful someone with a personal CCTV system may have recorded the criminals.

Anyone with information is asked to call PC James Smith on 101.

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9:21pm Sat 5 Jan 13

ig9blog says...

Interesting. Does this mean Essex Police are actually investigating residential burglaries now? That's as opposed to turning up, providing a crime number and then never being heard from again?
Interesting. Does this mean Essex Police are actually investigating residential burglaries now? That's as opposed to turning up, providing a crime number and then never being heard from again? ig9blog
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9:57am Sun 6 Jan 13

stickmanny says...

In my recent experience the police are doing the best they can considering the crushing cuts forced upon them.

if you have a need to cast blame cast it at the Coalition.
In my recent experience the police are doing the best they can considering the crushing cuts forced upon them. if you have a need to cast blame cast it at the Coalition. stickmanny
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12:44pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Kestral1410 says...

There must be someone who heard or saw something! All I keep hearing about lately is people getting burgled in broad daylight and being stripped and being able to take their time about it! Maybe if the police were out policing in the neighbourhoods instead of just driving around in their cars occasionally, they might just spot something amiss!?
There must be someone who heard or saw something! All I keep hearing about lately is people getting burgled in broad daylight and being stripped and being able to take their time about it! Maybe if the police were out policing in the neighbourhoods instead of just driving around in their cars occasionally, they might just spot something amiss!? Kestral1410
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1:05pm Sun 6 Jan 13

stickmanny says...

I'll try again.

If you're family budget was cut by 20% do you think you'd be able to live as well as you did before?

The Met cannot do the same job with 80% of the funding.

I think the Coalition would rather we all pay for private patrols of our neighbourhoods. Trust me this could be coming, and god help those that can't afford it.
I'll try again. If you're family budget was cut by 20% do you think you'd be able to live as well as you did before? The Met cannot do the same job with 80% of the funding. I think the Coalition would rather we all pay for private patrols of our neighbourhoods. Trust me this could be coming, and god help those that can't afford it. stickmanny
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1:56pm Sun 6 Jan 13

ClifftonX says...

stickmanny wrote:
I'll try again.

If you're family budget was cut by 20% do you think you'd be able to live as well as you did before?

The Met cannot do the same job with 80% of the funding.

I think the Coalition would rather we all pay for private patrols of our neighbourhoods. Trust me this could be coming, and god help those that can't afford it.
What's wrong with private patrols? I think the operative word is "patrol". When did anyone last see a copper on patrol? when you do see they them, they are usually slovenly dressed and, in one instance, covered in tattoss. How does this garner any respect? Plus, the private patrols would not retire at 50 or be invalided out on a full pension following a minor injury. Yes, bring on private patrols and cut our community tax.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: I'll try again. If you're family budget was cut by 20% do you think you'd be able to live as well as you did before? The Met cannot do the same job with 80% of the funding. I think the Coalition would rather we all pay for private patrols of our neighbourhoods. Trust me this could be coming, and god help those that can't afford it.[/p][/quote]What's wrong with private patrols? I think the operative word is "patrol". When did anyone last see a copper on patrol? when you do see they them, they are usually slovenly dressed and, in one instance, covered in tattoss. How does this garner any respect? Plus, the private patrols would not retire at 50 or be invalided out on a full pension following a minor injury. Yes, bring on private patrols and cut our community tax. ClifftonX
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4:00pm Sun 6 Jan 13

stickmanny says...

What's wrong with private patrols? They undermine the role of the Police and jeapoardise the safety of those unable to afford them. Like it or not you live in a community and benefit from it. That's why you pay taxes.

When did anyone last see a copper on patrol? I saw a patrol a few days ago in Stratford. Try actually looking - they are not that unusual, but are difficult to sustain when cuts are so deep.

Your portrayal of the Police suggest they are all in it for themselves but of course you know this not to be the case.
What's wrong with private patrols? They undermine the role of the Police and jeapoardise the safety of those unable to afford them. Like it or not you live in a community and benefit from it. That's why you pay taxes. When did anyone last see a copper on patrol? I saw a patrol a few days ago in Stratford. Try actually looking - they are not that unusual, but are difficult to sustain when cuts are so deep. Your portrayal of the Police suggest they are all in it for themselves but of course you know this not to be the case. stickmanny
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6:46pm Sun 6 Jan 13

ig9blog says...

stickmanny wrote:
In my recent experience the police are doing the best they can considering the crushing cuts forced upon them.

if you have a need to cast blame cast it at the Coalition.
I don't necessarily think the coalition can be held responsible.

Yes, there have been cuts to the police but in my experience (over a number of years, not just since the coalition), there is a reluctance to investigate residential burglaries. Partly because the chances of catching someone are low and partly because losses can usually be claimed back via insurance.

That doesn't make me believe that all police are bad, just that an increasing insistence from successive governments on meeting targets and statistics has led to concentration on crimes which can be more easily resolved.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: In my recent experience the police are doing the best they can considering the crushing cuts forced upon them. if you have a need to cast blame cast it at the Coalition.[/p][/quote]I don't necessarily think the coalition can be held responsible. Yes, there have been cuts to the police but in my experience (over a number of years, not just since the coalition), there is a reluctance to investigate residential burglaries. Partly because the chances of catching someone are low and partly because losses can usually be claimed back via insurance. That doesn't make me believe that all police are bad, just that an increasing insistence from successive governments on meeting targets and statistics has led to concentration on crimes which can be more easily resolved. ig9blog
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7:45pm Sun 6 Jan 13

ClifftonX says...

stickmanny wrote:
What's wrong with private patrols? They undermine the role of the Police and jeapoardise the safety of those unable to afford them. Like it or not you live in a community and benefit from it. That's why you pay taxes.

When did anyone last see a copper on patrol? I saw a patrol a few days ago in Stratford. Try actually looking - they are not that unusual, but are difficult to sustain when cuts are so deep.

Your portrayal of the Police suggest they are all in it for themselves but of course you know this not to be the case.
Undermine the role of the police! What nonsense - the only people doing that are the police themselves. The police are TOO expensive. This is why we have PCSOs. As with most heavily unionised industries, we need to break the strength of the union (in this case the Police Fedaration) and cut the wages of the police and their retirement funds to something more in line with current wage levels.

It is not difficuly being a police officer. Yes you work shifts and yes you see the dregs of society, but so do a lot of other jobs.

My point is that the cost of policing, and hence taxes, are too high due to the fairly generous terms that the police have.

And I haven't seen a copper on patrol fro about 25 years, especially in Ongar. Most of the police stations are being closed, so there is no chance of a patrol. Perhaps it was a private security guard you saw?
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: What's wrong with private patrols? They undermine the role of the Police and jeapoardise the safety of those unable to afford them. Like it or not you live in a community and benefit from it. That's why you pay taxes. When did anyone last see a copper on patrol? I saw a patrol a few days ago in Stratford. Try actually looking - they are not that unusual, but are difficult to sustain when cuts are so deep. Your portrayal of the Police suggest they are all in it for themselves but of course you know this not to be the case.[/p][/quote]Undermine the role of the police! What nonsense - the only people doing that are the police themselves. The police are TOO expensive. This is why we have PCSOs. As with most heavily unionised industries, we need to break the strength of the union (in this case the Police Fedaration) and cut the wages of the police and their retirement funds to something more in line with current wage levels. It is not difficuly being a police officer. Yes you work shifts and yes you see the dregs of society, but so do a lot of other jobs. My point is that the cost of policing, and hence taxes, are too high due to the fairly generous terms that the police have. And I haven't seen a copper on patrol fro about 25 years, especially in Ongar. Most of the police stations are being closed, so there is no chance of a patrol. Perhaps it was a private security guard you saw? ClifftonX
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12:20pm Mon 7 Jan 13

word of mouth says...

Where to start... The police earn the amount that is suitable for a person that is expected to be called to deal with people fighting or carrying a knife or a road accident where those involved could be dead. PCSOs can not and do not do this job.
The Police union doesn't have a quarter of the power that regular unions hold as there will never be the threat of officers going on strike, unlike the fire service.
Ongar has a station that has a regular team based there so you need to open your eyes and look for the police because they are there.

Private patrols would be like security at a hospital. They would be a visual deterrent only; they would not get hands on with a situation. So fantastic for calling the police if there’ a burglary or theft but what happens at a domestic incident or if drunks are fighting in your street… I suppose they’ll call the police.

If you want to batter some groups that are tax funded try the fire service that have enough time of between shifts that they can have 2 jobs or that sleep on their nights when nothing is happening but are paid for it and go on strike if the terms are being changed.
Or the train drivers that hold the country to ransom when things change, the government heavily funds all of the rail services in Britain and wouldn't need to as much if the drivers were paid a reasonable wage.
Where to start... The police earn the amount that is suitable for a person that is expected to be called to deal with people fighting or carrying a knife or a road accident where those involved could be dead. PCSOs can not and do not do this job. The Police union doesn't have a quarter of the power that regular unions hold as there will never be the threat of officers going on strike, unlike the fire service. Ongar has a station that has a regular team based there so you need to open your eyes and look for the police because they are there. Private patrols would be like security at a hospital. They would be a visual deterrent only; they would not get hands on with a situation. So fantastic for calling the police if there’ a burglary or theft but what happens at a domestic incident or if drunks are fighting in your street… I suppose they’ll call the police. If you want to batter some groups that are tax funded try the fire service that have enough time of between shifts that they can have 2 jobs or that sleep on their nights when nothing is happening but are paid for it and go on strike if the terms are being changed. Or the train drivers that hold the country to ransom when things change, the government heavily funds all of the rail services in Britain and wouldn't need to as much if the drivers were paid a reasonable wage. word of mouth
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4:51pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

The best place to find a Policeman these days is in one of the many cafes they hang out in feeding their large bulk.

Good news now is that they will soon have to pass a fitness test which until know, many officers thought, was how many fry-ups they could consume in a week whilst still managing to do their belt up.
The best place to find a Policeman these days is in one of the many cafes they hang out in feeding their large bulk. Good news now is that they will soon have to pass a fitness test which until know, many officers thought, was how many fry-ups they could consume in a week whilst still managing to do their belt up. Cornbeefur
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7:26pm Mon 7 Jan 13

ClifftonX says...

word of mouth wrote:
Where to start... The police earn the amount that is suitable for a person that is expected to be called to deal with people fighting or carrying a knife or a road accident where those involved could be dead. PCSOs can not and do not do this job.
The Police union doesn't have a quarter of the power that regular unions hold as there will never be the threat of officers going on strike, unlike the fire service.
Ongar has a station that has a regular team based there so you need to open your eyes and look for the police because they are there.

Private patrols would be like security at a hospital. They would be a visual deterrent only; they would not get hands on with a situation. So fantastic for calling the police if there’ a burglary or theft but what happens at a domestic incident or if drunks are fighting in your street… I suppose they’ll call the police.

If you want to batter some groups that are tax funded try the fire service that have enough time of between shifts that they can have 2 jobs or that sleep on their nights when nothing is happening but are paid for it and go on strike if the terms are being changed.
Or the train drivers that hold the country to ransom when things change, the government heavily funds all of the rail services in Britain and wouldn't need to as much if the drivers were paid a reasonable wage.
Start at the beginning, as always. The police are over-paid for what they do. I agree, PCSOs cannot do the job of the police. The reason we have them is the usual fudge by the government, who do not want to stand up to the police.

I am saying that we could have more police (with proper police powers) if we paid officers less and made them work to 65. Once over 50, they coudl do desk work ans, hence, cut down on civilian costs.

I don't want to "batter" any-one. We need the police, we need the fire service, we need the NHS. But we don't need it at the current cost. Life has moved on an awful lot in the past 30 years, but the emergency services, and the NHS, have remained resolutely stuck in the past.
[quote][p][bold]word of mouth[/bold] wrote: Where to start... The police earn the amount that is suitable for a person that is expected to be called to deal with people fighting or carrying a knife or a road accident where those involved could be dead. PCSOs can not and do not do this job. The Police union doesn't have a quarter of the power that regular unions hold as there will never be the threat of officers going on strike, unlike the fire service. Ongar has a station that has a regular team based there so you need to open your eyes and look for the police because they are there. Private patrols would be like security at a hospital. They would be a visual deterrent only; they would not get hands on with a situation. So fantastic for calling the police if there’ a burglary or theft but what happens at a domestic incident or if drunks are fighting in your street… I suppose they’ll call the police. If you want to batter some groups that are tax funded try the fire service that have enough time of between shifts that they can have 2 jobs or that sleep on their nights when nothing is happening but are paid for it and go on strike if the terms are being changed. Or the train drivers that hold the country to ransom when things change, the government heavily funds all of the rail services in Britain and wouldn't need to as much if the drivers were paid a reasonable wage.[/p][/quote]Start at the beginning, as always. The police are over-paid for what they do. I agree, PCSOs cannot do the job of the police. The reason we have them is the usual fudge by the government, who do not want to stand up to the police. I am saying that we could have more police (with proper police powers) if we paid officers less and made them work to 65. Once over 50, they coudl do desk work ans, hence, cut down on civilian costs. I don't want to "batter" any-one. We need the police, we need the fire service, we need the NHS. But we don't need it at the current cost. Life has moved on an awful lot in the past 30 years, but the emergency services, and the NHS, have remained resolutely stuck in the past. ClifftonX
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7:30pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Get them out of the Cafes for a start.
Get them out of the Cafes for a start. Cornbeefur
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7:31pm Mon 7 Jan 13

stickmanny says...

Off topic for this thread but the NHS is a bargain.

Maybe you just don't like to share?
Off topic for this thread but the NHS is a bargain. Maybe you just don't like to share? stickmanny
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12:00am Tue 8 Jan 13

Kestral1410 says...

'I am saying that we could have more police (with proper police powers) if we paid officers less and made them work to 65. Once over 50, they could do desk work, cut down on civilian costs'.

I think you will find that a lot of the 'civilians' are volunteers! Not much money saving costs there then. I often see Triangle Security about, more than the police and have only ever seen PCSO's a couple of times in North Weald in the 2yrs we have been here :-(
'I am saying that we could have more police (with proper police powers) if we paid officers less and made them work to 65. Once over 50, they could do desk work, cut down on civilian costs'. I think you will find that a lot of the 'civilians' are volunteers! Not much money saving costs there then. I often see Triangle Security about, more than the police and have only ever seen PCSO's a couple of times in North Weald in the 2yrs we have been here :-( Kestral1410
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