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Vans targeted by tool thieves

Thursday 11th October 2018

KENT Police are reminding motorists to keep their tools locked away after a string of reports that vans are being broken into in Detling.


Between 8 and 10 October a Ford Transit, which was parked on a driveway in Queensway, had its passenger window was smashed.


A Stihl chainsaw, which had the word “Cappagh” written on the side, was reported stolen.


Another chainsaw was stolen from an Iveco Daily flatbed truck, parked in Hockers Lane, after having a padlocked storage compartment broken into.


Kent Police released a statement which said: “Kent Police is constantly looking at ways to deter and arrest those who commit vehicle crime but we are also appealing for motorists to help play their part.


“We appreciate it can be time consuming and tiring to empty a vehicle of some items of valuable equipment such as power tools, but this is simply the best way to ensure the safety of your personal property.”


Police are urging drivers to remember to make sure you lock all doors and close windows whenever you leave the van, never leaving anything valuable on display.


Also that whenever possible it is advisable to take valuables such as tools and valuable work equipment with you, rather than leaving them overnight in a van.


Anyone with information which may assist officers with their enquiries with the Detling robberies they are asked to call 01622 604100 quoting reference YY/36758/18 or YY/36776/18.


Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111.