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Officers investigating reports of thefts from vehicles in Swale

Written by on 11 August 2017


Kent Police is investigating 11 reports of thefts from vehicles in Swale.


Officers are investigating reports of theft after seven vehicles were reported to have been broken into overnight in various areas in Sittingbourne between Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August 2017.


Between Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August 2017 four more reports of theft were made with vehicles targeted in Sittingbourne, Iwade and Kemsley.


One report was received where between 8pm on Saturday 5 August 2017 and 10am on Sunday 6 August 2017 a car parked on a driveway in Park Avenue, Sittingbourne, was targeted. The vehicle is believed to have been left unlocked and a purse stolen from inside.


Another vehicle was also targeted between 12.40pm and 2.20pm on Sunday 6 August 2017 in Raspberry Hill Lane, Iwade, where a window was smashed and a bag containing a small quantity of cash was reported stolen.


Kent Police Inspector Gavin Wade of the Swale Community Safety Unit said: ‘We have received a number of reports recently where both secure and insecure vehicles have been targeted.


‘Please do not rely on remote door locking devices as they sometimes fail, I would encourage drivers to physically check their vehicles before walking away and always ensure anything of value is removed from the car or kept out of sight.’


Crime prevention advice


As well as locking and alarming vehicles, it is advisable to:


– Remove any valuable or sentimental items;

– Secure items in boots or take them out if the vehicle is left unattended.

– Park in a secure car park or well-lit location whenever possible;

– Wipe away satnav suction marks, as sometimes these entice a thief to break in.


Anyone with information about these recent thefts in Swale can call Kent Police’s appeal line on 01795 419119 quoting crime reference XY/039287/17.


Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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