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messageBin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by FlatStanley June 21, 02:56PM

Over the past three weeks, Iíve noticed that the bins outside the house are getting some unwelcome attention - the bin bags are being opened with the contents removed. Iíve noticed this has happened at least three times to my knowledge, but could have been more frequent than that. I have not seen who is doing it, and suspect it is happening over the course of the night. What is particularly worrying is that I had thrown out an old mountaineering coat that had completely lost its waterproofing as well issues with the down that couldnít be fixed - and it had been removed from the bin bag and put back into the bin - it would have looked like a prime thing to steal if one was looking for items to steal. Which suggests to me that someone is looking for other things - such as bank statements and letters. Either way, Iíve reported it to the police and I think theyíve been trying to call back (promising) whilst Iíve been out this afternoon.

This is happening on Lordship Lane, near the junction with Townley Road. Has anyone else noticed anything recently? The previous threads Iíve seen on this date back to 2017z and has anyone noticed any strange bin rummaging recently?

Worth being careful with what you are putting into your rubbish.

Thank you!

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by Paradise2 June 21, 05:46PM

I saw a woman going through bins on the front of someoneís house last week. It was just next to the traffic lights opposite Townley Road. She had ripped open a carrier bag (Sainsburyís I think)and was looking at the paperwork in the bin and putting some in her bag. I was coming out of Townley Road waiting to turn left as the lights were red. She looked Romanian, was quite well dressed and had a shopping trolley with her that she was putting the things in. I shouted at her, she looked and just carried on.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by FlatStanley June 21, 06:04PM

Thank you very much, this is tremendously helpful. And it sounds like you may have seen her outside the house as well! What a bizarre set up - well dressed, shopping trolley etc. I will let the police know, much appreciated - and for trying to move her on too. Do you have any idea of what time of day it may have been - was it broad daylight?

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by TheArtfulDogger June 21, 06:36PM

Council officer looking for garden waste ? 😂

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by Paradise2 June 21, 07:09PM

Sorry I meant to say it was was broad daylight around 4.30 in the afternoon. She was Doing it quite openly, it caught my eye because of previous posts on the forum about people going through bins.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit was june 21, 07:13pm by Paradise2.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by echo June 22, 05:57AM

Moral question- Is it stealing to take something from a BIN?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was june 22, 06:02am by echo.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by Penguin68 June 22, 07:55AM

Maybe it is if it's an identity being stolen.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by snoopy17 June 22, 11:29AM

There are groups or woman who do this all over Dulwich/Peckham/Camberwell area, they do it early morning, afternoon and in the evening. They have a shopping trolley with them they are so brazen and could care less if anyone sees them. They are clearly searching for paperwork as when you put something good in the bin they don't take it.

I've even seen one woman with her half her body in the bin with her legs sticking out.

Get a shredder.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by TheArtfulDogger June 22, 12:35PM

snoopy17 Wrote:
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> I've even seen one woman with her half her body in
> the bin with her legs sticking out.
>
> Get a shredder.

Gosh Snoopy, that's a bit extreme putting a shredder at the bottom of the bin, not sure how the council will react to a pair of legs and a shredded torso sticking out of the bin .....

Unless you mean a paper shredded of course 🤔 Which is always the best advice

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by peckman June 22, 11:02PM

What exactly do you want the police to do ?

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by Paulo June 23, 12:44AM

Not Uncle Bulgarian?

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by budleigh June 23, 12:52PM

As long as they don't make a mess, I'm all for it. It's not stealing if you have thrown it away?! I put stuff outside (live by Lordship Lane/Townley) just so it's easier for them to take it to be honest...

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by budleigh June 23, 12:54PM

I'm sure if she didn't need to do it, she wouldn't. Only on EDF would someone be offended by a poor person stealing their trash.

P.s. Shred/burn your paperwork. It's common sense.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was june 23, 12:55pm by budleigh.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by snoopy17 June 23, 02:27PM

budleigh Wrote:
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> I'm sure if she didn't need to do it, she
> wouldn't. Only on EDF would someone be offended by
> a poor person stealing their trash.
>
> P.s. Shred/burn your paperwork. It's common sense.

They are not poor people, they are aactively looking to steal your identity, all they take out of the bin is paperwork and if you didn't read the op it says they didn't bother take a fancy coat. Bet they searched the pockets though.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Laneattachment
Posted by macutd June 25, 10:40PM

i saw this woman going through bins as she walked up Grove lane yesterday putting bits in her case,

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messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by snoopy17 June 26, 01:49PM

I ve seen her aswell with two fat woman. They go up all the side streets. On Peckham road all the way up to dog kennel hill. No shame aswell

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by SpringTime June 26, 02:23PM

"Shoes! Clothes!" is the usual response I get from these people upon challenging. Not sure where they come from but they appear to be Roma people. Papers/bills/statements are what they tend to stash in their trolleys - not shoes or clothes. I always shout at them which momentarily deters their behaviour until they go round the corner. They're usually in pairs, mostly women but sometimes young men on their own. And yes, it's my refuse but that doesn't mean it belongs to them. Scummers!

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by sk2-harris July 06, 11:07AM

Also seen on Barry Road two weeks ago, one woman on each side of the road going through bins.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by Mcallum32 July 06, 11:25AM

This happened to us a couple of years ago on Copleston Road. We sorted some old clothes out, took two bags to the Mind shop and put a third bag of clothes - that were well past their use by date - in the bin. When we got back from the Mind shop, our bin was open and the bag of clothes had gone. It was quite unnerving because the clothes had only been in the bin for ten minutes and we thought whoever had taken them might have been watching the house and had seen us put them in.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by JohnL July 06, 12:17PM

budleigh Wrote:
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> I'm sure if she didn't need to do it, she
> wouldn't. Only on EDF would someone be offended by
> a poor person stealing their trash.
>
> P.s. Shred/burn your paperwork. It's common sense.


Burn isn't an option if you live in flats (unless there's an incinerator somewhere around we can take out paperwork to)

I've got statements going back 20 years I'm beginning to chuck in a clearout and shredding takes ages.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by seenbeen July 06, 12:39PM

Mcallum32 Wrote:
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> This happened to us a couple of years ago on
> Copleston Road. We sorted some old clothes out,
> took two bags to the Mind shop and put a third bag
> of clothes - that were well past their use by date
> - in the bin. When we got back from the Mind
> shop, our bin was open and the bag of clothes had
> gone. It was quite unnerving because the clothes
> had only been in the bin for ten minutes and we
> thought whoever had taken them might have been
> watching the house and had seen us put them in.

There is a place on the A13 near Beckton run by East Europeans and they take rags by the kg.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by johnie July 06, 01:39PM

JohnL Wrote:
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> budleigh Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I'm sure if she didn't need to do it, she
> > wouldn't. Only on EDF would someone be offended
> by
> > a poor person stealing their trash.
> >
> > P.s. Shred/burn your paperwork. It's common
> sense.
>
>
> Burn isn't an option if you live in flats (unless
> there's an incinerator somewhere around we can
> take out paperwork to)
>
> I've got statements going back 20 years I'm
> beginning to chuck in a clearout and shredding
> takes ages.



John, we use these guys.
[shop.restore.co.uk]

Contrary to what is stated on this page, we weren't charged for collection. Brilliant service.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by Sue July 06, 09:31PM

Re the point above about burning/shredding paper, you can also put confidential papers (or the part of them with useable identifying features on) in a bucket (or bath) of water, with or without washing up liquid, leave them to soak for a bit, then mash them to a pulp. A lot quicker than shredding, at least if you only have a smallish personal shredder rather than a massive office shredder.

However, don't do what I did and put the resultant pulp in a compost bin. It just all stuck together, the worms didn't like it, and I had to fish it all out again (still all stuck together) after months big grin

I have no idea whether the pulp would go into the blue recycling bin or the green bin, though. I will soon find out, as I too am sorting through about twenty years' worth of financial stuff sad smiley

Admin: I know this is off topic, but I am responding to a post above.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by Foresthillbilles July 09, 08:49AM

That is an excellent idea. I like the idea of a pulp! I have a thick black marker pen that I use to blank out the name and address on rubbish before I recycle it but that can be laborious when having a clear out.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by JennaAZ July 13, 08:59AM

macutd Wrote:
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> i saw this woman going through bins as she walked
> up Grove lane yesterday putting bits in her case,


I found this same lady rummaging through our bin 2 weeks ago and told her, not so politely, to remove herself from the street. She said 'no speak English' to which I angrily pointed down the street and said 'leave'. She left and I haven't seen her since.

There are a LOT of elderly people along my street. In fact, one of said gentlmen watched the whole thing take place and asked why she was in the rubbish. I did explain what 'could' happen, so he will hopefully be diligent in not putting personal-identifing items in the bin.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by oliviaandmilo July 14, 11:13PM

Personally I always use the water method for my info papers! Safest, healthiest, quickest way of disposing of the paper work. Something the Grand kids enjoy ,having a go at and can still recycle the pulp!! Sorted.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by JohnL July 15, 09:53AM

Sue Wrote:
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> Re the point above about burning/shredding paper,
> you can also put confidential papers (or the part
> of them with useable identifying features on) in a
> bucket (or bath) of water, with or without washing
> up liquid, leave them to soak for a bit, then
> mash them to a pulp. A lot quicker than shredding,
> at least if you only have a smallish personal
> shredder rather than a massive office shredder.
>
> However, don't do what I did and put the resultant
> pulp in a compost bin. It just all stuck together,
> the worms didn't like it, and I had to fish it all
> out again (still all stuck together) after months
> big grin
>
> I have no idea whether the pulp would go into the
> blue recycling bin or the green bin, though. I
> will soon find out, as I too am sorting through
> about twenty years' worth of financial stuff sad smiley
>
> Admin: I know this is off topic, but I am
> responding to a post above.

Great idea actually.

Make some artwork out of the pulp and display/sell smiling smiley

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by Isolde2018 September 10, 03:11PM

Just in case this is helpful / relevant: I also saw a woman of this description (shopping trolley, fairly well dressed) rummaging through the bins in Nunhead at around 12.30 today (Carden Road I think). Two young men (presumably those who lived in the flat / house she was outside) were taking photos / filming her and asked her to move on. This was in Broad daylight obviously.

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by Countrlass22 September 10, 07:13PM

Macutd. U should call 1p1 inform police state have photo to.
We had it and they came in unmarked car caught them trying get items for identity theft.

Said wish more report as you see it that entering your gate going into bin is theft.
That it's gangs women sometimes guys.
Identify theft mostly

messageRe: Bin rummaging / stealing on Lordship Lane
Posted by Chick September 11, 01:20PM

this doesn't make sense.


Countrlass22 Wrote:
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> Macutd. U should call 1p1 inform police state have
> photo to.
> We had it and they came in unmarked car caught
> them trying get items for identity theft.
>
> Said wish more report as you see it that entering
> your gate going into bin is theft.
> That it's gangs women sometimes guys.
> Identify theft mostly

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