Thefts from motor vehicles

Kent Police is reminding people to keep their vehicles secure following a spate of thefts at various locations in the east of the county.

There is typically an increase in vehicle crime during the summer months, which is partly due to people leaving windows or sunroofs open or forgetting to lock up.

A number of areas have suffered spates of thefts from vehicles in recent weeks.

–       There were 10 thefts from vehicles reported in the Canterbury district overnight on Wednesday 23 August 2017.

–       A number of offences have been committed in the Ashford and Shepway districts including the theft of a wallet from a car parked on the driveway of a property in Ingleden Park Road, Tenterden, on Tuesday 8 August 2017.

–       Several reported incidents have taken place in Deal including two in Mongeham Road between Sunday 20 and Tuesday 22 August 2017. There was also a report of a vehicle being interfered with in Hamilton Road.

–       In Thanet a number of parked vans have been targeted and tools stolen from within over the past fortnight.

Superintendent Andrew Pritchard of Kent Police said: ‘While these particular areas have experienced an increase in vehicle crime, it is important to remember that thieves will strike wherever they see an opportunity and do not discriminate by town or village.

‘That is why we should all remember to keep our vehicles locked and secure at all times, and to ensure any valuables are removed when we are not there to keep them safe. Let’s not make it easier for criminals to strike by leaving windows and sunroofs open in the warm weather, even when our vehicles are parked on driveways, outside our homes or in other places where we might assume they will not be targeted.

‘Opportunist thieves do not need an invitation to help themselves to items that do not belong to them so it is important we do all we can to stop them.’

Crime prevention advice 

–       Lock and alarm your vehicle;

–       Remove items left inside;

–       Secure belongings in your boot if you need to leave your vehicle while you are out;

–       Park in a secure car park or well-lit location whenever possible;

–       Always wipe away satnav suction marks left on your windscreen so thieves do not think the satnav is still inside.

PSE 59727 Andrew Judd 

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer,

for South East Kent.

 Police Station,Tufton Street, Ashford, Kent,TN23 1BT

External 01233 896151

Mobile 07980965236