Safe through bedroom wall
On one occasion, supervisors had to investigate a burglary in a large house in Harrogate where the intruder alarm had not activated.
Later the story came out, the intruders had forced a ground floor sash window, reached inside, and slit the carpet until it could be folded back revealing the location of the pressure mat in the bay window area. Avoiding this mat, they continued to slit and fold back every carpet in the house to map out the pressure mats, even on the staircase.
As the intruders had not opened any doors connected to the alarm, and had circumvented the network of pressure pads, they had not activated the alarm.
However, they did not stop at this, they ransacked the master bedroom and removed jewellery, watches, and other valuables. They cut the sofa and chairs into ribbons. They pulled out every drawer in the house emptying them onto the floor and taking anything of any value. They ransacked the kitchen and made food for themselves to eat and drink during the time they were in the property.
They removed all the paintings from the walls. They peed on the piles of clothes on the floor in the bedrooms. Broke vases and china items. Stole the television set and video recorder and then attacked the large five foot safe in the bedroom.
The safe was too heavy to move far, so they crowbarred the safe until the floor fixings gave way, then bashed it against the wall until the inner and outer brick walls gave way, after this the police believed that they pushed the safe through the hole in the wall and onto the back of a flatbed lorry they had deliberately parked below.
In a final act of wanton vandalism, they threw most of the clothes, paintings and bedding out of the hole in the wall left by the safe and set fire to it.
The only things they took away were the TV, video recorder, some cash and jewellery and the safe. Ironically the safe was almost empty and contained only business contracts and papers.
The most valuable item lost in the robbery was a painting worth at the time £30,000 which was the reason for having an intruder alarm, ironically this was burned in the fire they set in the driveway.
The supervisors could not help but feel sorry for the homeowners, one said, you just cannot imagine coming home to a mess like that.