Police advice to beach hut owners after spate of break-ins

Police advice to beach hut owners Photo Frank Leppard

Kent Police is urging beach hut owners to take steps to protect themselves against burglary following reports of break-ins in Thanet.

Locks were damaged on a number of beach huts in Sea Road, Westgate and items including a telescope and a pair of binoculars were reported stolen from one, overnight between Saturday 23 October and 11.50am the following morning.

Paddleboards, saucepans and binoculars were reported missing following a burglary in Westbrook Bay, believed to have taken place between 8pm on Thursday 21 October and 6am the following day.

Kent Police is investigating the reports and urges anyone who saw anything suspicious in either areas, to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/216187/21.

Sergeant Paul Robson of Thanet Community Safety Unit said: “We are investigating the recent reports and want to remind beach hut owners to review their security and take simple steps to protect against burglars and vandals now the summer season is over.”

  • Do not leave anything of value in your hut at any time.
  • Always lock all windows and doors securely.
  • Lock doors with at least one good quality closed-shackle padlock.
  • Consider fitting a bar lock and or a monitored alarm.
  • Security-mark property left in your hut and keep a photographic record of any items.
  • Look after your hut and make regular checks, to deter vandals.
  • Do not leave flammable substances or matches in your hut.
  • Do not leave materials around the hut which could be used to commit crime, such as tools.
  • If you have shutters or curtains, use them to prevent thieves looking in.

If you see anyone behaving suspiciously, report to Kent Police on 101 (999 if a crime is in progress) or via the Kent Police website.


  1. I would like to give the police some advise. Get out of your warm cars and try walking you never know you might help stop a crime happening instead of turning up mob handed after the event. If you are issued with night vision binoculars they can be very useful to catch vandals / graffiti / burglars the best part is the criminals will not even know they have been observed until they are nicked. Yes owners should take Precautions with security but the police should be much more pro active. I don’t blame officers I blame the naff training the police must be having that keeps them dashing from one flash call to the next.

  2. spot on ! i am still waiting to see anyone nicked for graffiti although this dump is covered in it , even on peoples homes and walls. someone must know who these idiots are

  3. I think graffiti makes anywhere it’s done look a dump it is just so depressing I wish I could find those that do it.

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