Motorists in Maidstone are being urged to ensure their vehicles are kept secure after neighbourhood officers found seven vehicles parked and insecure in Maidstone one evening.
Two neighbourhood officers patrolled the outskirts of Maidstone town centre on Wednesday 7 November, on the look out for cars which had been left insecure following a recent spate of thefts from insecure motor vehicles. The officers found seven vehicles that would have been appealing to a thief. Some had doors unlocked, other windows opened. Other cars had valuable items such as mobile phones, cash and bags on clear view.
The officers spoke to the owners of the cars and also handed out leaflets providing information about vehicle crime prevention.
Inspector Geoff Wyatt said: ‘It takes a thief literally seconds to steal your belongings from a car. By simply locking your car, removing valuables and taking them with you will reduce this crime.
“A thief will wander around a neighbourhood looking for opportunities; by removing items from your car you remove the opportunity. By remaining vigilant you can keep your car and personal possessions safe and prevent the upset, cost and inconvenience of having to repair car windows and replace stolen items.”
Posted on: 14 November 2012