Rise in car crime prompts crackdown
AFTER a 30 per cent increase in thefts from vehicles during September police are launching special operations to tackle car crime.
Despite such thefts across South Kent having fallen dramatically since 2000, with a 24 per cent reduction, during September there was a 30 per cent rise over August, with crime being concentrated in three areas.
The blackspots included Willesborough and the Stour ward in Ashford.
Motorists are being urged to take steps to reduce risks of becoming a victim.
Det Insp Kenny Ingram, said: “You wouldn’t leave large amounts of cash on your dashboard, so please don’t leave expensive items, most of which are easy to remove.”
Police will be on special patrols in the problem areas and neighbourhood officers and PCSOs will give advice to motorists.
Officers have also be targeting criminals believed to be involved in car crime and have made two arrests in the past week.