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Important Consort Customer Alert

Hello again. Two new Customer Alerts from Consort today, the second of which is really very important. The first concerns the replacement of the broken panels in the canopy above the passage between Gaumont and Collins Towers (from the Square through to Beechwood road): We have received further apologies from the supplier (technical problems with their glass ovens) but been assured the 2 broken panels will be replaced next week.

The second alert is both important and troubling. Over the last 3 weekends, 3 residents from different towers (one each from Collins, Dekker, and Thomas) have had laptops stolen from their apartments. The thieves (not residents) have been identified from CCTV footage, and this footage has been passed on to the police. The thieves M.O. is very simple: They (2 young guys) hang about outside their targeted block until a departing/arriving resident gives them access. They then move from apartment to apartment, trying every door until they find one to be unlocked and walk right in. If there is someone home and attentive to their opening door, the thieves apologise and leave claiming they have the wrong apartment. If there is no-one home, or the resident is perhaps in the bathroom or in a bedroom, the thieves grab what they can (laptops seem to be their main target), and scarper double time. Dear friends and neighbours, it is easy to be lulled into a false sense of security with fob operated tower entrance doors and CCTV cameras, but do not forget we are in a relatively poor area of East London here: Keep your apartment door(s) LOCKED at all times. You have been warned.


4 responses

  1. moaksey

    This has happened in Collins Tower a few times over the past few years. Can we get screen shots of the suspects posted in the DS Forum please?

    Thursday, 7 June, 2012 at 2:04 pm

  2. tjb

    I’ve thought about adding a Yale lock to my front door in the past, so that the door locks automatically when closed. However given the metal locking mechanism that runs through the door I wasn’t sure if it’s possible to drill through to install.

    Does anyone know if it can be done? (I realise I should ask a locksmith but am trying to avoid a needless callout fee is not possible!)


    Thursday, 7 June, 2012 at 2:17 pm

  3. Kevin

    Would it be worth investigating the cost of 24 hour security across the development? Shared amongst the eventual 550 apartments the cost is minimal and I’m certainly prepared to pay a slightly higher service charge to ensure security? On a rough calculation I reckon it would be less than £15 per month.

    Thursday, 7 June, 2012 at 2:26 pm

  4. We seem to be getting some good comments on this post so I have started a thread over in the forum (in the ‘General Chat’ section, titled ‘Recent Thefts Discussion’). As this comments section is limited in functionality, can I ask all future comments on this post to be made there? Thanks guys.

    Thursday, 7 June, 2012 at 2:41 pm

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