Alarm over thefts from cars in Canterbury

Contributed by editor on Nov 08, 2018 - 09:10 AM


Kent Police is urging people to be vigilant after a number of thefts from cars were reported in Canterbury.

Five vehicles were targeted between Sunday 4 November 2018 and Monday 5 November 2018.

Three cars in Westwood Drive were broken into - an Audi A4, a Toyota Aygo and a Toyota Yaris. A purse and bank cards were stolen from the Aygo and small amounts of cash were taken from the Audi and Yaris.

The windows of two VW Golfs were broken. One of the Golfs was parked in Stonebridge Road and the other was parked in Chaucer Road.

Sergeant Colette Todd 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.’

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/66043/18. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.

There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.

· Ensure that all doors and windows are locked.

· Park in a secure, well-lit area.

· Don’t leave items on display and remove valuable items, including tools, overnight.

· Ensure your vehicle's alarm or immobiliser is switched on, if you have one.

· Don’t leave keys visible from outside your home.

· List 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 mark items so they can be identified when found or seized.

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