CCTV footage released after alleged attempts to open doors of cars on Whitstable driveways

Contributed by editor on May 08, 2017 - 07:35 PM


Kent Police has released CCTV footage, above, of a man who may be able to help in their investigation into alleged reports of vehicle interference in Whitstable.



Officers received three reports of vehicle interference in the Mariners View area of the town which are reported to have taken place overnight on Thursday 4 May to Friday 5 May 2017.

Sergeant Martin Williams said: ‘It appears that someone was trying the doors of cars parked on driveways in the area to see if they were insecure and to see if any valuables were on view.’

A small amount of loose change and sunglasses were stolen from a Volvo XC90 in Major Close. A Renault Scenic parked in Major Close was searched although nothing was stolen. Attempts were made to gain entry to several cars parked in nearby Speedwell Road.

Sergeant Williams 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, and - just as important - to leave their cars secure at all times.’

Anyone who recognises the CCTV image or has information about the thefts is asked to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference ZY/18118/17.

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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