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Tools and a phone stolen in van break-ins in Tonbridge and Aylesford

By William Janes

Thieves have targeted vans in a series of brazen day time break-ins.

A phone was stolen from one vehicle in Quarry Wood, Aylesford while tools were taken from another at the same place on Thursday, April 11 at around 11.30am.

Elsewhere between 11am and 12.30pm the same day, the owner of a van in Rowan Shaw, Tonbridge found the rear doors of his van had been drilled into while police were also told that somebody had tried to force open a van in Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough.

All four van break-ins took place on Thursday. Stock image
All four van break-ins took place on Thursday. Stock image

Officers have now issued a warning and are asking for information.

District Commander, Chief Inspector Peter Steenhuis said: "While we are investigating these offences, I would urge van owners to make sure you lock all doors and close windows whenever you leave the vehicle. Never leave anything valuable on display.

"If feasible, park in a garage or secure car park and try to leave the vehicle in an area which leaves no space to open the rear doors.

"It is advisable to take tools and valuable work equipment with you whenever possible, rather than leaving them in an unattended vehicle at any time of the day."

Further advice includes wiping satnav suction marks from your windscreen or dashboard.

An approved immobiliser or steering lock can help secure older vehicles.

Anyone with information which may assist the investigation is asked to call 01622 604100 quoting reference 11-0524.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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