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City plagued by waves of thefts from and damage to vehicles

Vandals have been damaging vehicles and stealing from them in a wave of incidents across Canterbury.

Since Sunday, April 1 there have been 19 separate incidents of vehicle crime within a small area of the city, including 17 in which windows were smashed and two where items were stolen.

Doors were also forced open on two occasions.

The streets mostly affected are in St Stephen’s.

They include Beverley Road, Pine Tree Avenue, Birchwood Walk and Hanover Place.

A private CCTV image of one suspected vandal

Most offences are reported to have been committed late at night or in the early hours.

Police are saying they have noticed a “recent spike” in these sorts of crimes in the city.

Sergeant Colette Todd of the Canterbury Community Safety Unit said: “We have increased patrols in the area.

“But we would urge vehicle owners to remain vigilant and remove any valuables from their cars or vans before leaving them unattended.

“We would also encourage residents to report any suspicious activity to us so we can catch whoever is responsible.”

Anyone who wishes to report an incident can now do so online within approximately 10 minutes by visiting www.kent.police.uk/report.

Alternatively call 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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