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Sittingbourne: Police warning after 11 vehicles targeted by thieves

By Chloe Holmwood

Police have warned drivers to check their cars are locked after 11 thefts in Sittingbourne in just four days.

Seven vehicles were broken into overnight between Thursday and Friday last week.

And between Saturday and Sunday four more reports of theft were received, with vehicles targeted in Sittingbourne, Iwade and Kemsley.

Police have reported a spate of thefts from vehicles in the Sittingbourne area
Police have reported a spate of thefts from vehicles in the Sittingbourne area

One break-in happened from a car parked on a driveway in Park Avenue, Sittingbourne between 8pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday. It was believed to have been left unlocked and a purse was stolen.

Another vehicle was targeted between 12.40pm and 2.20pm on Sunday in Raspberry Hill Lane, Iwade, where a window was smashed and a bag containing a small amount of cash was taken.

Thieves have been targeting vehicles parked in and around Sittingbourne
Thieves have been targeting vehicles parked in and around Sittingbourne

Inspector Gavin Wade of the Swale Community Safety Unit said: "We have received a number of reports recently where both secure and insecure vehicles have been targeted.

"Please do not rely on remote door locking devices as they sometimes fail.

"I would encourage drivers to physically check their vehicles before walking away and always ensure anything of value is removed from the car or kept out of sight."

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