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Police warning after car checks in Faversham

A series of random checks by police in the Faversham area earlier this month has led them to issue a warning.

Car owners across Kent are being reminded to secure their vehicles and remove valuable items on display during the festive period.

Advice has been offered to motorists
Advice has been offered to motorists

During the checks, officers found several cars left unlocked with windows open.

Valuables and Christmas presents were also left on display, encouraging opportunist thieves.

The cars were parked in areas targeted by thieves in October after several break-ins were carried out overnight.

District Commander for Swale, Chief Inspector Alan Rogers said: ‘Opportunist thieves will not be having a break this Christmas.

'Never leave valuables on display and if possible remove them from the car overnight' - Chief Inspector Alan Rogers

"They will still be looking for insecure cars or vehicles with expensive items on show. This is a particular concern during the festive period when expensive gifts might be stored in cars.

"Car owners need to lock all doors and close windows when they leave a vehicle. Never leave valuables on display and if possible remove them from the car overnight. If feasible, park in a garage, secure car park or well-lit area."

Random checks have been carried out
Random checks have been carried out

Police have issued advice to help motorists reduce the chance of falling victim to this type of crime.

• Ensure that all car doors and windows are locked.

• Park in a secure, well-lit area

• Don’t leave items on display and remove valuable items, including tools, overnight.

• Ensure your vehicle's alarm or immobiliser is switched on, if you have one.

• Don’t leave keys visible from outside your home.

• List valuables such as sat navs on www.immobilise.com. This is a free service that helps officers return stolen items if they have been found or seized.

• Security mark items so they can be identified when found or seized.

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