Warning issued after spate of vehicle break-ins reported in Birchington

Police advise keeping your vehicle secure

Kent Police is warning motorists to make sure their vehicles are locked and valuables are not left inside following reported car break-ins in Birchington.

Yesterday (February 5), Kent Police received reports that cars had been tampered with overnight in Essex Gardens, Kent Gardens and the nearby area. Vehicles were also targeted in Dane Road and in King’s Road.

Items inside the cars had been rummaged through and cash was reported to have been stolen, along with a vehicle log book, glasses and a controller for a garage.

High-value items that were reported as taken include a set of work tools, worth around £600.

Two suspects are described as young white men, one of whom was wearing a red hooded top, a black jacket, black tracksuit bottoms with fluorescent stripes and a grey panel on the back, and black and white trainers.

The second had ginger or blonde hair and was wearing a black puffer jacket, grey tracksuit, white socks and black shoes.

Community Safety Unit Inspector for Thanet District, Jim Woodward, said: “Thieves who steal from motor vehicles are opportunists and by taking simple precautions, owners are best-protected to safeguard their personal property.

“While my officers are investigating these offences, I would urge motorists to remove all valuables from their vehicles overnight, ensuring all doors are locked and all windows are fully closed.

“Never leave anything of value on display and wherever possible, park in a garage or a well-lit secure car park.

“Also, if you have a portable satnav, remember to remove suction marks from your windscreen or dashboard.”

Officers are appealing for anyone with information, including doorbell footage or CCTV from the night in question, to come forward.

You can contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/19910/24.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or use the online form.

5 Comments

  1. There has been a spate of this all over thanet for the last 6 years, not many are caught for the offence.
    This is what happens when government cut police budgets, no patrols over night or the day and this leads to little deterrent. Before someone claims that police budgets have just been increased, it still doesn’t match the level it should be pre cuts previously made.

  2. If you feel the need to conspicuously own expensive gear and cars to stroke your ego, then the burden of loss should fall to you, not the police.

    I’d rather have police resources diverted to the safety of citizens, not consumer nonsense.

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