Spike in reports of theft from cars in Canterbury

Kent Police officers are reminding motorists to keep their valuables secure following a number of reported thefts from vehicles in Canterbury.

Some of the cars were insecure, others were broken into leaving windows smashed and items including bags and wallets containing cards and cash have been reported stolen. The incidents occurred in roads including The Paddock, Cambrai Court, Castle Row, Barton Road, Spring Lane, Military Road, Hawks Lane and Nunnery Fields between Friday 29 March and Monday 1 April 2019.

Sergeant Colette Todd from the Canterbury Community Safety Unit said: ‘We are urging motorists to be vigilant and not to give thieves any opportunities. Make sure cars are locked and all valuables are removed when unattended.

‘Anyone who has witnessed anything suspicious or who has information to assist with our investigation is asked to call the appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference 46/64330/19.

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

Additional security advice

  • Don’t leave anything on display, no matter how small
  • Take valuables like laptops and satnavs with you
  • Wipe satnav suction marks away from your windscreen or dashboard
  • Remove the stereo if you can
  • Never leave your keys in the ignition
  • A Thatcham-approved immobiliser or steering lock can help secure older vehicles
  • Park in a garage, secure car park or well-lit area if possible
  • Make sure you don’t leave your car keys visible from the outside of your home.

ENDS

Many thanks,

PSE 59753 Adam Sackett

 Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer

East Kent Police

 Police Station, Fort Hill, Margate, Kent, CT9 1HL

Telephone: 07980683802

Email : adam.sackett@kent.pnn.police.uk

Protecting and serving the people of Kent