The St Peter’s ward Safer Neighbourhood Team have issued this warning:
“Although burglary in St Peter’s ward and the Borough of Islington has reduced significantly over several consecutive years, recently we have seen a pattern of burglaries where entry was gained by the suspect(s) reaching through the letterbox and taking the keys from the lock on the inside of the door. Also by reaching through the letterbox with a cane and hooking keys from a nearby shelf.”
They go on to advise: “Please ensure that after you have secured your windows and doors, you do not leave your keys in the lock on the inside of the door, and you do not leave your keys within view of any window or door.”
This is sound advice. When I was living in Barnsbury we were burgled once by someone ‘fishing’ for our front door keys. Since then I’ve been careful never to leave keys anywhere within reach of the front door. (It’s also true, in my experience, that there are fewer burglaries now. Sadly, I was burgled twice in my first two years here at Morton Road. It’s not happened since.)
Meanwhile, the police have more crime prevention advice here.