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Swanley homeowners warned after string of burglaries

PUBLISHED: 11:45 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:45 17 November 2015

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The same road was targeted within the space of two days

Police are warning Swanley residents to keep their homes secure after a number of similar burglaries in the past month.

The first of the burglaries was on October 26, when a house in Moultain Hill was broken into while the occupant was inside, though the burglar left empty handed.

On October 28, a house in the same road was targeted and two laptops were stolen, after the offenders reportedly removed a panel from patio doors to gain access.

This month, on November 6, a house in Main Road was reportedly broken with jewellery and electrical items stolen.

Police believe the offenders entered the back garden via an unlocked gate, before throwing a rock through a door to gain access,.

Detective constable Michelle Marshall said: “These recent burglaries coincide with the clocks going back and the evenings becoming shorter, making it easier for would-be offenders to sneak around unnoticed and attempt to break into people’s homes.

“Residents can make it much more difficult for such people to succeed by taking a few simple security measures, for example by keeping lights switched on when you are not home, and by keeping cash and valuable items locked away.

“Also make sure any gates, sheds and garages are locked to ensure tools such as spades cannot be used to force entry to your property.”

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