On a night when England enjoyed an empathic 3-0 win over World Cup last 16 opponents Senegal, Raheem Sterling, England’s ever reliable forward man, was flying back home to be beside his family after his Surrey home was targeted by armed robbers. The terrible news sent shockwaves through the England camp leaving the group understandably concerned for the safety and welfare of their own homes and families.
News broke of the incident on the evening of Sunday 4th December 2022, just hours before England were due to kick-off their eagerly anticipated knock-out match against African Cup of Nations Champions, Senegal. Whilst the England team remained professional and turned in a comprehensive performance on the field, England’s progression into the Quarter Finals was marred by the fact popular team mate, Raheem Sterling, was on the first flight back to England to be beside his family after his Surrey home was inexplicably targeted by armed robbers.
Whilst details of the break-in are currently unclear pending an ongoing police investigation, the incident is just the latest in a long line of similar stories involving elite football stars falling victim to burglary, each on varying scales of aggression.
In 2022 alone, several high-profile footballers have had their homes targeted by thieves in what are thought to be ‘planned’ burglaries. These burglaries are typically carried out whilst footballers are known to be away from home whilst on playing duty with their clubs or national team. In March this year, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba’s home was burgled whilst he was away on duty against Champions League opponents Atletico Madrid. The star midfielder’s children were in the house sleeping at the time, leaving Pogba and his family understandable shaken by the ordeal.
Pogba’s Manchester United team mate, Victor Lindelof, was also victim of a break in just a month earlier after burglars targeted his home whilst the defender was in action against Premier League rivals, Brentford.
In September 2021, just months after celebrating his first ever UEFA Champions League win with Chelsea, England defender Reece James had his house broken into whilst the star was away defending the club’s European title. The thieves, despite heavy CCTV presence at James’ London home, were able to make off with a safe containing the Chelsea star’s winners medal and other valuable items.
Former Premier League stars including Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Tottenham’s Dele Alli, and Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria have all fallen victim to burglaries whilst away on playing duty with their respective clubs. With the spotlight heavily on their every movement, it’s no secret when a footballer is away from home and brazen thieves continue to target footballer’s homes in the knowledge that the home owner won’t be present. Unfortunately, as was the case for Paul Pogba, the players family often remain at home meaning they have often experience the ordeal first hand.
Whilst it’s apparent players are often targeted whilst away with their clubs, recent stories suggests robbers are becoming less concerned by the home owners potential presence, resorting to much more violent and aggressive break-ins. An example of this came in December 2021 when the home of Manchester City full back, Joao Cancelo, was subject of a robbery that left him with lasting facial injuries after masked intruders assaulted the Premier League star in front of his young family. The attackers made off with valuable jewellery and other personal affects, the retrieval of which could never make up for the lasting psychological damage such an ordeal was likely to have caused.
The response from many elite footballers is to upgrade their home security which often involves high-spec CCTV and alarm systems being installed throughout their home. The reality is however, as Reece James will likely testify, CCTV provides little deterrence to low-life thieves and can often only act to provide evidence of the incident taking place.
Following Sunday’s breaking news surrounding Raheem Sterling’s forced tournament departure, footballers are increasingly turning to private security companies, such as LSS London, to provide bespoke, round the clock security, to protect their home, family and assets. At LSS London, after 15 years of providing private security to Premier League footballers and elite sport stars alike, we know that manned security such as static guards and residential security patrols provide the most effective of deterrents against burglaries and break-ins.
Criminals will typically avoid any confrontation with trained security professionals meaning footballers can leave their homes safe in the knowledge that their property and families are safeguarded against burglary. Our rapid response teams are on standby even if clients don’t opt for static guards. Alarm activations can be attended to within a matter of minutes.
If you have concerns about home security, particularly if you’re a high profile footballer and as a consequence of your profession, must leave your home or property unattended often, contact LSS London today. We operate with complete confidentiality and tailor our security packages to suit your requirements and schedule. Our bespoke security services can be deployed within a matter of hours or as part of an on-going schedule. Our experienced personnel are SIA trained and currently protect the homes and families of numerous other professional footballers and elite sport stars.
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