There have been a number of incidents in Croydon where a pole is used to reach through a letterbox to retrieve keys left in reach inside a property.
One recent incident was in Purley and the criminal managed to retrieve car keys resulting in the car being stolen.
One Coulsdon resident had a lucky escape as they heard the house keys that they had placed in the hallway fall to the floor in the early hours of the morning. The resident saw the pole through the letterbox and screamed and the suspect ran off with the pole.
Please make sure you do not leave any house or car keys near to the front or back door.