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Officers advise residents after cars reported stolen in Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 11:20 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:20 27 July 2018

Officers were called to a burglary in Singlewell Road where a porch window was smashed and the keys to a black Mercedes, which had been left in the porch, were stolen. Picture: Google

Officers were called to a burglary in Singlewell Road where a porch window was smashed and the keys to a black Mercedes, which had been left in the porch, were stolen. Picture: Google

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Officers are reminding residents to keep their windows and doors locked at night after two high value cars were reported stolen in Gravesend.

Kent Police received a call at 3am on July 14 to a report of a car being stolen from a driveway in Bronte View, where a person was seen to wave a device near the front door.

The device unlocked the car and it was then driven away.

Officers also received a report at 4.45am on July 25 of a burglary in Singlewell Road where a porch window was smashed and the keys to a black Mercedes, which had been left in the porch, were stolen.

During the warmer weather many residents will leave windows open and doors unlocked making properties easy targets for opportunist burglars.

Most burglaries also happen on weekdays, in daylight when least expected.

Residents can help stay secure by:

.Keeping car keys and fobs away from front doors and out of view

.Parking in well-lit places where possible

.Removing valuables from cars and ensuring the vehicle is locked and car windows are shut

.Closing windows at night time, especially on the ground floor, no matter how small they may be

.Keeping gates locked and boundaries secure

Andy Gadd, superintendent for Kent Police said: “We understand that during this extreme warm weather many residents will leave their windows and doors open and I’d just like to remind residents not to leave any car keys, fobs or other valuables in sight as burglars are opportunists and will be on the lookout for easy properties to target.”

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