Kent police warns residents about burglaries
PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 February 2018
Kent police officers are reminding residents to ensure their valuables are secure, following a number of burglaries in north Kent.
Since the beginning of January, there have been 30 burglaries in Gravesham and 50 burglaries across Dartford.
On Wednesday, January 24, officers received a report of a car being stolen from a house in Somerville Road, believed to have been taken overnight between 11pm and 7am.
The victim found tool marks on the front door and it was found slightly open, with the keys to the car missing.
On Thursday, January 25, officers received a report of an aggravated burglary in Priory Road.
It was reported that between 10.30pm and 10.35pm a group of five men forced their way into a house, where they threatened two elderly victims before searching the home and stealing a large quantity of jewellery.
On the same day, a burglary was reported in Rochester, where glass on a patio door was broken and a quantity of jewellery had been stolen, along with some money.
The victim’s pickup truck, a yellow and orange Nissan Navarra, was also reported stolen.
Detective inspector Chris Dovey said: “I do not wish to alarm residents but I would like to remind people to stay vigilant, not only in terms of securing your own home but also looking out for neighbours, especially vulnerable people and just generally being aware of what is going on around you.
“I’d like to also take the opportunity to remind homeowners to ensure all their windows and doors are locked before leaving the house or going to sleep.
“Burglars are mostly opportunists and it may be that they try a number of homes before finding an insecure door or window.
“Valuables should also be removed from site and car keys not left by the front door.
“Leaving lights on when you are going out is also a good deterrent as is asking trusted neighbours to keep an eye on your property if you know you are going away.
Anyone with information about the incidents can call Kent Police on 01474 366 149 quoting XY/5174/18, or call Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.