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Warning after thefts from parked vans in Aylesford and Tonbridge

Van owners in the Aylesford and Tonbridge areas are being reminded to lock tools and valuable items away to deter thieves.
The advice comes after a number of reported daytime thefts on Thursday 11 April 2019.  


At around 11am, Kent Police was called regarding the theft of a mobile phone from a van at Quarry Wood, Aylesford. Tools were also reported stolen from a van in the same location between 9.30am and 11.30am.

Between 11am and 12.30pm, the owner of a van in Rowan Shaw, Tonbridge found the rear doors of his vehicle had been damaged by a drill.
At around 11.45am, officers were also notified that somebody had tried to force open the rear doors of a van in Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough.


District Commander, Chief Inspector Peter Steenhuis said:
‘While we are investigating these offences, I would urge van owners to make sure you lock all doors and close windows whenever you leave the vehicle. Never leave anything valuable on display.
‘If feasible, park in a garage or secure car park and try to leave the vehicle in an area which leaves no space to open the rear doors.
‘It is advisable to take tools and valuable work equipment with you whenever possible, rather than leaving them in an unattended vehicle at any time of the day.’
Further advice includes wiping satnav suction marks from your windscreen or dashboard.

An approved immobiliser or steering lock can help secure older vehicles.

Can you help?

Anyone with information which may assist the investigation is asked to call 01622 604100 quoting reference 11-0524.
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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