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Break-ins reported in Coxheath and Hunton

Warning issued after garages and a shed are targeted on Wednesday 20 January

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Kent Police is reminding residents to keep garages and sheds secure following a number of break-ins reported in Coxheath and Hunton.

A block of approximately 15 garages was targeted in The Beacons, Coxheath, overnight on Wednesday 20 January. A number of residents reported padlocks being removed and items disturbed, although several of the buildings are currently vacant.

Meanwhile, a shed in the East Street area of Hunton was also reportedly burgled and two quad bikes stolen.

Chief Inspector Mick Gardner, district commander for Maidstone, said: ‘While crime in rural areas is thankfully rare, we must all remember to do whatever we can to prevent would-be offenders from entering buildings and stealing items that do not belong to them.

‘Garden sheds, outbuildings and garages are often packed with tools, machinery and other valuable equipment, and are a tempting prospect for thieves. That is why it is important to take the right precautions to reduce the risk of having your property stolen, and getting it traced and returned to you if it’s taken.

Crime prevention advice

  • Always put tools and equipment away as items left outside can be stolen or used to help a thief break in;
  • Disable lawn mowers and other large machinery when not in use and chain items together to a solid anchor point;
  • Record details of your property (e.g. make, model, serial number and identifying marks) and take photographs of items for easy identification;
  • Use closed shackle padlocks to secure sheds and install alarms and security lights;
  • Register your valuables on the national property database by visiting;
  • Security-mark your property using a UV pen or forensic marking solution;
  • Keep hedges and fences well maintained to stop unwanted visitors entering your garden;
  • Close your garden gate and lock it from the inside;
  • Use lockable hanging baskets or secure the baskets to their brackets;
  • Avoid leaving house doors and windows open or unlocked when working in the garden.

Posted on: 21 January 2016