Residents are being urged to protect their homes and property after a burglary in Swanland.

Thieves broke into a home on Kemp Road between 10pm and 5am on the 3rd/4th of January. During the burglary a purse was stolen, along with the keys to two vehicles.

After leaving the home with the purse the thieves then took a BMW 5 Series and BMW X5 from the property. Police have since recovered the 5 Series after it was crashed into two cars and a lamp post. The other vehicle was later found in Hull City Centre.

‘Hanoi Burglary’

Humberside Police are describing this as a “Hanoi Burglary”.

A ‘Hanoi Burglary’, sometimes known as a ‘2-in-1 Burglary’, is where thieves break into home and steal car keys from the premises. After taking the keys the thieves will then use the vehicle to leave the scene, and sometimes use it to store the stolen goods. Thieves will then dump the vehicle away from the scene and transfer the stolen goods into their own vehicle.

Insecure Homes

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Cross has said:

Investigations are ongoing and we are very keen to find those responsible for this burglary and the subsequent theft of two vehicles.

Having your home burgled is an awful experience that leaves victims violated and vulnerable. It is one of our main priorities for our teams across Hull and the wider area who are working together on intelligence, enforcement and prevention.

The public’s role in preventing burglary is vital. We also want the public to call us to let us know about crimes in progress or people responsible. I would urge people to help by keeping their homes locked and secure to prevent burglaries – a quarter of which are a result of insecurities.

It is important that homes are made secure both when you’re going out and when going to bed. Thieves will take advantage of any opportunity given to them to break into a home.

Witness Appeal

Did you witness the burglary or have any information that could help the police? Please contact 101 and quote log 44 of 04/01/18. Or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or through their online form.