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Shed thieves target Swanley & New Ash Green

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    Kent Police Member

    Kent Police is reminding residents to secure garages and sheds following a recent spate of break-ins in the Swanley and New Ash Green areas.
    Over the past week thieves have targeted outbuildings to steal items including bikes and valuable fishing equipment.
    Between 31 January and 1 February a Cannondale mountain bike was snatched from a garage at the rear of Millfield, New Ash Green. The black bike has distinctive green stripes as well as a bell with the words 'I love my bike’ on its handlebars.
    Offenders entered the garage by removing a panel which included the locking mechanism. Once inside they also helped themselves to hundreds of pounds worth of fishing equipment including rods, reels and bivvy tents.
    Two bicycles were stolen from a shed in Gresham Avenue, Hartley between 27 and 29 January, after burglars broke through a garden fence and forced a door.
    Kent Police has also received reports of further break-ins and attempted thefts in Millfield as well as other areas including Longfield and Crockenhill.

    Easy pickings
    Chief Inspector Tim Cook said:


    Further advice
    • Maintain hedges and fences to stop unwanted visitors entering your garden.
    • Make sure garden gates are closed and locked from the inside.
    • Store bins and ladders carefully so they can’t be used as climbing aids.
    • Secure any tools and equipment after use which could be stolen or used to break into your home.
    • Disable lawn mowers and other large machinery when not in use and chain items together or to a solid anchor point.
    • Use lockable hanging baskets or secure the baskets to their brackets.
    • Avoid leaving house doors and windows open or unlocked when working in the garden.
    • It is also important to security-mark your property using a UV pen or a forensic marking solution.
    Take photographs and record details such as serial numbers and identifying marks as these can also help to identify items if they get lost or stolen.
    You could also consider registering valuables on a property database such as www.immobilise.com.
    If you see anything suspicious, call 101 or 999 if an emergency. For more information see www.kent.police.uk/shed

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