Appeal for information after thieves target cars in Canterbury

Contributed by editor on Feb 09, 2017 - 06:45 PM

Police are urging people to be vigilant after thieves targeted three vehicles in the Canterbury area overnight on Sunday 5 February.



Thieves forced open a side door and stole a large amount of tools from a Mercedes Vito van parked in The Green, Blean.

A Kia Venga parked in Oaks Park, Rough Common, was broken into and an untidy search was made. Nothing was taken, although a sat nav was left on the roof of the car.

Offenders smashed the window of a Peugeot parked in Clement Close, Canterbury, and stole a sat nav and cash.


Be extra vigilant

Sergeant Lee Thompson of the Canterbury Community Safety Unit said: ‘We are urging people to be extra vigilant and if they see anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles to call us on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.

‘We would also like to remind people not to leave valuables in their vehicles as these can be an open invitation to opportunist thieves.’

Can you help?

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference ZY/4822/17.

There are a number of steps motorists can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime. These include:

- Ensuring that all doors and windows are locked.

- Parking in a secure, well-lit area.

- Not leaving items on display and removing valuable items, including tools, overnight.

- Ensuring the vehicle's alarm or immobiliser is switched on, if you have one.

- Not leaving keys visible from outside your home.

- Listing valuables such as sat navs on . This is a free service that helps officers return stolen items if they have been found or seized.

- Security marking items so they can be identified when found or seized.


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