Warning after spate of thefts from cars in Medway
People are being warned to make sure their
cars are locked after more than 50 thefts from unsecure vehicles in
just four weeks.
Eight unsecure cars were targeted
around the Princes Park and Lordswood area of Chatham last week
Officers are reminding residents of
the importance of ensuring their vehicles are secure before leaving
them unattended – even for just a few minutes – and making sure no
valuables, including sat navs, laptops, handbags and cameras, are
In the run-up to Christmas,
householders are also urged to double-check their doors and windows
are locked to keep their houses secure and their presents
Burglars in the past have targeted
houses with presents on display through windows and homeowner may
wish to be careful with their gifts so as not to provide criminals
with easy pickings.
All gates to the property should be
shut and locked as well, and ladders put away so burglars cannot
gain access through them.
DS Chris Dovey, from the Kent Police
tactical criminal investigations department, said: "Keeping
properties and vehicles secure is one easy way of deterring thieves
as we’ve seen a rise in thefts from insecure cars in recent
"We don’t want anybody’s festive
season ruined by crime, so we’re urging residents to be vigilant,
lock up their property and make life difficult for thieves."
Anybody with information about
insecure home and vehicle thefts in can call 01634 792663.
Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Have you been a victim?
Contact the newsroom on 01634 227828.
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