Rise in car crime prompts crack­down

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

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.

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