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Warning to Whitstable residents who keep tools in cars and vans

Kent Police officers are reminding Whitstable residents to keep their valuables secure after tools and copper piping were stolen from a van.
The tools went missing in Nelson Road overnight on Thursday 1 March after a van was reportedly broken into.
There was also a report of vehicle interference on the same day in St Augustine’s Crescent at around 10.30pm. The victim was alerted when the car alarm went off. Nothing was reported stolen.

Sergeant Colette Todd said: ‘Whilst we carry out our enquiries we urge people to be vigilant and if they see anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles to call us immediately on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.
‘We also want to take this opportunity to remind builders and tradesmen not to keep valuable items in their vehicles overnight. Although it can be time consuming to remove them every day, tools can be very expensive and if stolen could cause considerable disruption to businesses.
‘All residents, not just tradesmen, should keep this in mind. Never leave anything on display, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. Don't give thieves an opportunity to window shop.’

Anyone with information about the theft and attempted theft can call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting references ZY/010389/18 for Nelson Road and ZY/10509/18 for St Augustine’s Crescent.
Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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