Kent Police have issued a warning to motorists in the area to ensure they keep their valuables secure following a spate of reported thefts.
Police have had reports of a number of cars being broken into in the Clowes Wood and Thornden Wood areas over the last few weeks, where thieves have reportedly made off with cash and bank cards after causing damage to the vehicles to gain entry.
Some of the recent incidents include:
- Thornden Wood Road, Herne Bay, on Wednesday 22 November 2017 between 10.40am and 11.27am
- Radfall Road, Whitstable, on Wednesday 8 November 2017 between 2pm and 3pm
- Radfall Road, Whitstable, on Friday 24 November 2017 between 10.20am and 11.15am
Sergeant Nicholas Barton from the Canterbury Community Safety Unit said: ‘Whilst we understand it’s not possible for motorists to keep an eye on their cars all the time, we do want to remind residents that bags and other valuables should not be left inside the car and on display. These wooded areas are popular for dog walkers who are parking their cars for short periods of time and due to their seclusion can be a target for opportunistic thieves.'
Kent Police have given the following advice for motorists:
- 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
If you have seen anything suspicious in these areas or have information that could assist in the Police investigation, you are asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111 quoting reference ZY/054990/17.