Police are warning drivers to secure their valuables after a spate of thefts from cars

Spike in reports of thefts from cars

Police in east Kent are warning drivers to keep their valuables safe after an increase in thefts from vehicles.

Herne Bay has been worst hit by a spate with items including CDs, electrical devices and clothes reported stolen.

The thefts happened in Queensbridge Drive, Grange Road, Spencer Road and Bournemouth Drive overnight between Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18.

Sgt Nicholas Barton from the Canterbury Community Safety Unit said: “With the darker evenings approaching there are more opportunities for thieves to take advantage so make sure your cars are locked and all valuables are removed when unattended.

“We would urge anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to get in touch as soon as possible whilst we seek the people responsible.”

Anyone with information about any of the offences can call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference 18-0253.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The police have also issued crime prevention advice for motorists. They urge:

  • 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

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