Man whose business told homeowners how not to get burgled is jailed for burglary

A bloke who had business telling homeowners how not to get burgled has been banged up for burglary.

Old habit unfortunately die hard for Sam Edwards, 28, who launched 'Sam's Burglary Prevention' in 2019 to give locals tips on how to avoid being targeted by thieves – like his former self.

While running his business Edwards boasted he had developed a wide set of skills over his 11 year criminal carer and could get through any door with a chisel quieter than a homeowner could with a key.

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He claimed that he had turned his back on a life of crime, which saw him stealing £20m worth of goods.

But the dad-of-one has now been sent back to jail after admitting to 11 counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary in April 2022.

In a crime spree that lasted seven months between September 2021 and March 2022, Edwards targeted homes in Berkshire, stealing "high value" jewellery.

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Police said Edwards also stole irreplaceable items of "high sentimental value" and he was arrested following a joint investigation between Surrey Police and Thames Valley Police.

Edwards, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to three years and five months' imprisonment following a hearing at Reading Crown Court in April.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Steven Baggaley of Thames Valley Police, said: "Edwards has broken into 11 properties and attempted to break into a further one. "

He added: "He stole not only items of high monetary value but also high sentimental value which cannot be replaced.

"A home is somewhere that you should feel safe and Edwards has breached this, making his victims feel vulnerable and unsafe.

"This was a joint investigation between TVP and Surrey and officers will work relentlessly to pursue suspects and bring offenders to justice for these type of offences and are committed to keeping our communities safe."

He set up his own business 'Sam's Burglary Prevention' in September 2019 offering his services to those looking to tighten up their home security.

For just £20-an-hour, homeowners could receive his top tips which included double bolting doors, putting keyless car entry cards in the microwave, and having specific alarm systems.

He said at the time: "People can trust me because I've done this for a living, I know what I'm talking about.

"I can give the vulnerable peace of mind.

"So far I've only had four or five customers, two of them had been robbed already and one had some valuables that they would rather keep hold of."


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