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Thieves on lookout for festive hauls

Friday 22nd November 2013

POLICE are warning people to be vigilant in the run-up to Christmas, when thieves are on the look-out for easy pickings.

Gifts left on show, at home or in vehicles, offer temptation to light-fingered thieves.

There was a spate of burglaries in Bearsted in November. PCSO Jim Stevens said: “When you leave your property or vehicle, please make sure that they are locked securely.”

Mr Stevens said valuables should be locked away out of sight if possible. He also advised against leaving packaging on show which might have contained a valuable gift or household item, which would leave clues to prospecting thieves.

He added: “Residents can help police by reporting any vehicles or individuals seen acting in a suspicious manner. Try to include as many details as possible.”

People should call 999 only in an emergency - when life is threatened, people are injured, a crime is in progress or the offenders are nearby.

For non-urgent police matters, including crime reporting, anti-social behaviour or to contact your neighbourhood officer, people should call 101.