High-value burglaries reported in Shepway district
Kent Police is reminding families of the steps they can take to protect their homes from burglars who target expensive jewellery and gold. A number of properties have reportedly been broken into in the Shepway district in recent weeks, and officers are not ruling out the possibility that the incidents may be linked.
The most recent burglaries happened in the Bathurst Road area of Folkestone on Saturday 25 March 2017, and the Atkinson Road area of Hawkinge on Sunday 26 March 2017.
Entry to both properties was forced and a significant quantity of cash and expensive jewellery taken from within.
Detective Inspector Mark Weller of Kent Police said: ‘You can never underestimate just how much of an impact burglary can have on the lives of those affected. Victims feel violated and uneasy in their own homes, and the matter is made worse when the items stolen are not only valuable but also highly sentimental or a family heirloom.
‘While our officers will do everything they can to prevent such burglaries occurring, there are steps residents can take to make sure their homes are secure and deter would-be offenders. For example, I would strongly encourage families to keep large amounts of cash or gold out of the house if they can, such as in a safety deposit box at a bank where available. If you do need to keep high-value items at home then keep them in a good quality safe, bolted to a solid wall or floor and hidden out of sight. Remember also to keep doors and windows closed if you are leaving a room for any length of time, which is especially important with the warmer weather approaching.’
Most burglaries happen on weekdays in daylight when you are more likely to be out. As well as locking up each time you leave, you can also:
– Keep keys, cash and expensive items out of view;
– Use timer switches on lights and radios to make your home look occupied;
– Keep gates locked and boundaries secure;
– Lock away bikes, tools and garden items that could be stolen or used to break into your home.
You can also:
– Security-mark items including bicycles, mobile telephones and laptops;
– Keep receipts, mobile phone IMEI numbers and serial numbers safe;
– Photograph and insure expensive or unique items;
– Install a safe, bolted to the ground or a wall, or use a safety deposit box at the bank;
– Register important items for free at www.immobilise.com to help us return stolen items if they are recovered.
Anyone who wishes to report a burglary or any suspicious activity is urged to call 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress.
Witnesses or anyone with information can call 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.