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PUBLISHED: 15:41 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:35 23 August 2010

BURGLARS and those committing anti-social behaviour will be targeted during the spring season. Neighbourhood policing teams have been told to focus on specific crimes in north Kent as the evenings get lighter, the first of this year s seasonal campaigns.

BURGLARS and those committing anti-social behaviour will be targeted during the spring season.

Neighbourhood policing teams have been told to focus on specific crimes in north Kent as the evenings get lighter, the first of this year's seasonal campaigns.

Patrols will work with communities to prevent these types of crime and hold a series of activities to disrupt criminal behaviour and arrest people are planned.

Superintendent Peter Wedlake said: "We know from experience that more incidents can occur when the evenings start getting lighter and the days begin to get warmer

"When the weather gets better, people tend to leave windows open and sometimes, doors unlocked, when they are, perhaps, washing the car, or gardening. This can provide opportunities for thieves at this time of year.

"In addition, people tend to start going out more at this time of year, particularly during the evening. The majority socialise sensibly but a few may drink too much and we've found this often leads to more anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and sometimes violence."

Leaflets about anti-social behaviour and violence will be distributed to schools before the Easter holiday. Alcohol will be seized from underage people and penalty notices will be issued for disorder.

Mobile police stations are due to be provided at key locations across the county.

Further information on your local neighbourhood policing team can be found on the Kent Police website at www.kent.police.uk.

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