Crooks target 13 vehicles in Minster in one night

13 cars were broken into and damaged

Thirteen cars were broken into or damaged in Minster in just one night this week.

Kent Police officers are reminding motorists to keep their valuables secure following a number of reported thefts from vehicles in the village.

A total of 13 reports have been received from residents where vehicles have either been broken into, damaged or accessed by thieves and cash has been reported stolen. The incidents occurred overnight between Tuesday 9 May and Wednesday 10 May.

Police Sergeant James Ross, from the Community Safety Unit, said: “Whilst we carry out enquiries into these reports we urge residents to be vigilant and make sure their vehicles are secure and no items are left visible.

“Even a small amount of loose change is enough to entice opportunistic thieves so we would urge the public to ensure that valuables are never left on show and to double check that their vehicles have been locked.”

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything that could help them with their enquiries into the thefts.

Anyone with information should call Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers Anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference ZY/18699/17.

Stay secure

Ensure all doors and windows are locked

Do not leave items on display and removing valuable items, including tools, overnight

Ensure the vehicle’s alarm or immobiliser is switched on, if you have one

Do not leave keys visible from outside your home

Wipe satnav suction marks away from your windscreen or dashboard

Remove the stereo if you can

List valuables such as sat navs on< This is a free service that helps officers return stolen items if they have been found or seized

Security mark items so they can be identified when found or seized.