Kent Police warning after thieves target staggering number of vehicles in Thanet in just ONE NIGHT!

Contributed by editor on Sep 11, 2019 - 04:25 PM

Vehicle owners are being warned to be vigilant following more than 15 reports of criminal damage and thefts from cars in Thanet over just a few hours.

Kent Police is investigating the incidents which are believed to have taken place between the evening of Monday 9 September 2019 and the early hours of the following day.

In all of the reports, windows have been broken and in some incidents, items within the car have been moved or stolen.

Belongings reported stolen include satnavs, a bag containing a hooded top, keys and cash, dashboard cameras and a Bluetooth speaker.

Currently officers have received reports of damage and thefts from cars parked in:

- Linksfield Road and Limington Road area of Westgate (46/174231/19)
- Cambourne Avenue, Westgate on Sea (46/174266/19)
- Minster Road, Westgate (46/174224/19)
- Sea View Heights, Birchington (46/174285/19)
- Epple Road, Birchington (46/174149/19)
- Minnis Road, Birchington (46/174113/19)
- Brooke Avenue in Garlinge (46/174144/19)
- Alicia Avenue, Garlinge (46/174413/19)
- Northdown Park Road, Margate (46/174096/19)
- Kingston Avenue, Garlinge (46/174187/19)
- Ramsgate Road, Margate ( 46/174237/19)
- Madeira Road, Margate (10-0267)
- Canterbury Road in Margate (46/174335/19)
- St James’ Park Road, Margate (46/174367/19)
- Beacon Road, Broadstairs (10-0136)
- Victoria Ave, Broadstairs (46/174248/19)

Sergeant Steve Moat from Thanet Community Safety Unit said: ‘We would like to hear from anyone who thinks their vehicle has been damaged or stolen from, and ask that they report it via 101 or online, as it will help investigating officers to build up a picture of the areas affected and could provide further investigative opportunities to identify those responsible.

‘While patrols will be out in the areas to prove reassurance and carry out enquiries, we also ask anyone who might have home CCTV footage in those streets to come forward and assist by calling 01843 222289 quoting the relevant crime reference number.

‘Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at

‘Finally, we urge people to ensure they remove any valuable items from their vehicles, including dashboard cameras and satnav devices - don’t give thieves the satisfaction of finding something to steal.’

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