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Officers remind residents to be vigilant following burglary reports in north Kent

Kent Police officers are reminding residents to ensure their valuables are secure following a number of burglaries in north Kent.

Since the beginning of January there have been 30 burglaries in Gravesham and 50 burglaries across Dartford which is of a concern to officers.

On Wednesday 24 January officers received a report of a car being stolen from a house in Somerville Road, Dartford, where it was believed to be stolen overnight between 11pm and 7am.

The victim found tool marks on the front door and it was also found slightly open with the keys to the car missing.

On Thursday 25 January officers received a report of an aggravated burglary in Priory Road, Dartford, where it was reported that between 10.30pm and 10.35pm a group of five men forced their way into a house.

Once inside they are reported to have threatened two elderly victims before searching the home and stealing a large quantity of jewellery. The group is then reported to have left the house.

Earlier on the same day officers received a report of a burglary in Walmers Avenue, Higham, Rochester, where between 5pm and 9.30pm a patio door was broken. Once inside a quantity of jewellery was stolen along with some money. The victim’s pickup truck, a yellow and orange Nissan Navarra, was also reported stolen.

Detective Inspector Chris Dovey of north Kent’s Criminal Investigation Department said: ‘While we have seen a number of burglaries within Kent in the past month I do not wish to alarm residents but I would like to remind people to stay vigilant, not only in terms of securing your own home but also looking out for neighbours, especially vulnerable people and just generally being aware of what is going on around you.

‘If you see something suspicious or believe someone is acting in an odd manner then please do call us to report it as your suspicions may just stop a criminal in their tracks.

‘I’d like to also take the opportunity to remind homeowners to ensure all their windows and doors are locked before leaving the house or going to sleep.

’Burglars are mostly opportunists and it may be that they try a number of homes before finding an insecure door or window. Valuables should also be removed from site and car keys not left by the front door as this makes it easier for criminals to target your home.

‘Leaving lights on when you are going out is also a good deterrent as is asking trusted neighbours to keep an eye on your property if you know you are going away. By being mindful and taking these simple steps you will make it harder for a burglar to target your home.’

Anyone with information about the incidents detailed can call Kent Police on 01474 366 149 quoting XY/5174/18.

You can also call Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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