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Homes security review promised after break-in on new Wirral estate
STEPS are being taken to review security on a new housing estate after allegations a door design fault may have been exploited by burglars.
Wirral couple Leigh Dawson and Luke Browne are warning neighbours after their home in Brassey Street, Birkenhead, was targeted by thieves.
The pair were devastated to find the burglars had ransacked their home, taking thousands of pounds worth of items.
And they were shocked when they discovered the culprits had managed to gain access by an apparent “building fault”. To prevent any potential copycat incidents, the Globe is not revealing precise details.
Leigh, 23, said: “We were absolutely shell-shocked when we walked in and realised what had happened. We think we may have disturbed them but they still got away with a fair bit.
“I don’t feel safe enough to be here on my own now but the scariest thing about it is that it seems the problem could have actually been a flaw in the construction. These are brand new homes and I feel like everything should have been thoroughly checked before people could move in.”
The housing estate, which is part of Birkenhead’s regeneration project, is still being built, with Leigh and Luke being among some of the first residents to move in to their new homes.
Despite developer Keepmoat repairing the damage, the couple are now concerned for their neighbours and future residents.
The company has since promised to find out if extra steps can be taken to improve safety.
David Wroe, Keepmoat new-build managing director for the North West, said: “We are very sorry to hear about the burglary at Mr Dawson’s home.
“Following the incident we arranged for a full inspection of the doors and the installation to be carried out.
"The results of this inspection show that both were fitted in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and NHBC standards.
“On this occasion, criminals used excessive force to gain entry and we are working with the manufactures and installers to identify any additional measures that could be taken to provide extra security.”
Councillor George Davies, cabinet member for housing and safety, said he would be liaising with Keepmoat to reassure local people.
He said: “I will ensure that Keepmoat and the council give an adequate response to the people in view of the seriousness of what happened.
“As soon as we have clarification we can then reassure the rest of the residents living on this estate.”