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Warning after spate of thefts in Brenchley and Benenden

By David Gazet

Garden tools, motorcycles and even a robot lawnmower are among items stolen by opportunist thieves, police have warned.

Between Monday, June 5 and the following day two Suzuki and Honda motorbikes were taken from outbuildings in Cryals Road, Brenchley, along with two chainsaws.

Items including strimmers and hedge cutters were stolen from a garden shed in Rolvenden Road, Benenden, on June 9.

A Suzuki motorcycle was stolen from an outbuilding in Cryals Road, Brenchley. Picture: Kent Police

Kent Police was also called to a reported the theft of a Husqvarna robot lawnmower from a garden in Lamberhurst Quarter. This happened between June 9 and the following day.

Sergeant Andy Miller said: "Bicycles, power tools and gardening equipment are some of the most common targets but there are a number of steps residents can take to avoid falling prey to opportunist thieves. One of these is ensuring your garage or shed has an alarm.

A Honda motorcycle was also taken during the same theft. Picture: Kent Police

"Many people already have burglar alarms fitted to their homes and for very little extra cost they could fit a sensor to their shed or garage, which can be linked to their house alarm system. Our experience tells us that offenders who unwittingly set off an alarm invariably run away empty-handed."

If you have any information about any of these offences please call Kent Police on 01622 604100. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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