Door lock and key

Kent Police are reminding people living in semi-rural areas to be extra vigilant regarding the security of their properties.

This follows a spate of reported burglaries in the last three weeks that detectives believe are linked.

The properties targeted so far have been close to main roads and have seen cash, jewellery and electrical items stolen between Monday 11th September and Monday 25th September 2017. Detectives are carrying out a number of enquiries to identify the suspects and would ask any witnesses or anyone with information to get in contact as soon as possible.

Detective Sergeant Richard Allen said, ‘We believe these burglaries are linked and we are working hard to find out who is responsible. In the meantime we are asking residents to be extra vigilant and report anything suspicious straight away. Please ensure all sheds and house are always locked and the alarms are on.’

Advice from Kent Police:

  • Be vigilant and report any unusual people or vehicles loitering in your area
  • Take note of any cold callers (descriptions, vehicles used etc.) and report
  • Ensure all gates, doors and windows are securely locked when you are out
  • Keep your sheds and outhouses locked so that your tools can’t be used to break into your house
  • Make sure your burglar alarm is switched on when you’re out
  • Consider installing a CCTV camera or home security advice linked to your smart phone
  • Hide small valuable items and consider installing a safe in an inconspicuous place in your home
  • Visit https://www.kent.police.uk/burglary/ for more information.

The incidents are reported to have occurred in the following areas:

  • Railway Hill, Barham, on 25 September between 8.30am and 2pm
  • Old Valley Road, Barham, on 25 September between 9am and midday
  • A property in Mersham close to Junction 10 of the M20 on 14 September between 8.35am and11.30am
  • Another property in Dargate Road, Yorkletts on 13 September between 1.30pm and 2.30pm
  • The Droveway, St Margaret’s Bay, Dover on 11 September between 12.30am and 4.30pm
  • Dargate Road, Yorkletts, near Whitstable on 11 September 2017 between 11.50am and1.10pm

Anyone with information that could help with the investigation is urged to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting ZY/43792/17. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.