A burglar was given a jail term of almost three years after he was caught attempting to break into a home in the London borough of Enfield back in the November of last year.
As the 37-year-old Paul Hammond was trying to force entry into the property in Marryat Road, at around 8.30am on the 22nd of November 2010, an observant passer-by spotted what he was doing at the rear of the house and subsequently alerted the police.
Police managed to recover a crowbar which was left close to the scene.
Mr Hammond was convicted of two counts of attempted burglary at the home and sentenced to a 32-month jail term.
Detective Constable Colin James, a member of the burglary and robbery squad with Enfield police, said:
“Thanks to the information we received from a member of the public we were able to attend the scene and swiftly apprehend Hammond, preventing him from committing any further offences.
“Burglary will not be tolerated, you will be caught and you will be prosecuted.”
This incident just goes to show that having neighbours who are alert can be of immense help whenever you go away from home, or the house is left unoccupied. By putting home security systems in place, you can have even more peace of mind that your property and valuables will be well protected at all times.