Warnings to keep cars secure
by Angela Cole
Motorists in Maidstone are being urged to keep their vehicles
secure after police found seven which weren't in just one evening
in the town.
Two neighbourhood officers who patrolled the outskirts of
Maidstone last Wednesday on the lookout for cars which
had been left insecure following a recent spate of thefts found
seven that would have been appealing to a thief. Some had
doors unlocked, others had open windows while some
had valuables such as mobile phones, cash and bags on clear
The officers spoke to the owners of the cars and also handed out
leaflets providing information about vehicle crime
Insp Geoff Wyatt said: ‘It takes a thief literally seconds to steal
your belongings from a car. By simply locking your car, removing
valuables and taking them with you will reduce this crime.
“A thief will wander around a neighbourhood looking for
opportunities; by removing items from your car you remove the
opportunity. By remaining vigilant you can keep your car and
personal possessions safe and prevent the upset, cost and
inconvenience of having to repair car windows and replace stolen
Police top tips to keeping your car safe include locking the
doors, windows and closing the sunroof; don't leave anything
on display - even a jacket; wipe away suction marks from your
sat nav on the windscreen or
leave keys in the ignition and, if possible, park in a
garage, secure car park or well-lit area.
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