Council seeks urgent response from police over car thefts

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The council is to seek reassurance from Kent Police over the recent spate of car thefts across Canterbury.

A motion will be put to full council from Lib Dems Nick Eden-Green and Michael Dixey saying: “There has been a recent spate of car windows being smashed and theft from motor vehicles.  

“This Council seeks an urgent response from the Police Commissioner about what action is being taken to stop this crime wave.”

Reports of up to five vehicles being broken in a night are flooding social media and a coordinated effort by members of the Canterbury Residents’ Group is being set up to collect information to pass to the police.

Kent Police officers are reminding motorists to keep their valuables secure.

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.”

Victims have told the Journal that some of the damage might be simply selfish vandalism.

One resident who asked not to be named said: “There was nothing in my car to steal.

“They just smashed my window for the sake of it and now I’ve got to pay £100 for a new one. What was the point of that?”

Incidents have been reported across Canterbury including The Paddock, Cambrai Court, Castle Row, Barton Road, Spring Lane, Military Road, Hawks Lane and Nunnery Fields. 

Council spokesman Rob Davies said: “We’re concerned about the recent spate of incidents of car window smashing and support the police in their investigations.

“We’d urge anyone who is a victim of this to report it to the police so that they are aware of it and can build up the best picture of what’s happening.

“Residents should also be vigilant and report any information they have about these crimes to the police, as well as ensuring they keep all valuables either out of sight, or better still, out of their vehicle completely.”

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