Published: 12:32, 11 October 2018
| Updated: 12:33, 11 October 2018
A series of van break-ins have sparked a warned from police about securing tools.
Two vans were targeted between Monday and Wednesday in Detling.
A Ford Transit parked on a driveway in Queensway was broken into after a passenger window was smashed.
A Stihl chainsaw with the word ‘Cappagh’ written on its side was reported stolen.
Elsewhere in Hockers Lane, an Iveco Daily flatbed truck was hit.
Again, a chainsaw was stolen, this time after a padlocked storage compartment was broken into.
Anyone with information is asked to call 01622 604100 quoting reference YY/36758/18 or YY/36776/18. Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In response to the incidents, officers are advising drivers to lock all doors and windows whenever they leave their vans and not to have any valuables on display - removing tools over night if needed.
If possible park in a garage or secure car park and try to leave their vehicles in an area which leaves no space to open the rear doors.
Further advice includes wiping satnav suction marks away from windscreens, removing radios, and using a Thatcham-approved immobiliser or steering lock can help secure older vehicles.
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