Make sure you keep your homes safe from bur­glars

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report - By Vicky Cas­tle

A lead­ing Ash­ford bor­ough coun­cil­lor (ABC) and for­mer Metropoli­tan Po­lice con­sta­ble said res­i­dents have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep their neigh­bour­hoods safe from “vile” bur­glar­ies.

Cllr Brad Brad­ford, ABC’s com­mu­nity safety port­fo­lio holder, is­sued the plea in light of the Ken­tish Ex­press re­port last week warn­ing of eight bur­glar­ies in the town in just four days.

Po­lice are still hunt­ing the cul­prits – who seem to spe­cialise in look­ing for valu­able jew­ellery – and of­fi­cers be­lieve at least five of the break-ins are linked.

Cllr Brad­ford, a father-of-four from Sha­dox­hurst who pre­vi­ously worked as a na­tional se­cu­rity man­ager, urged res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant.

He said: “House bur­glary is a par­tic­u­larly vile of­fence which can af­fect its vic­tims for very long pe­ri­ods of time.

“It is too easy to pass the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­tect­ing our homes on to the po­lice and ex­pect them to take the blame when ar­eas are tar­geted by un­scrupu- lous thieves.

“It is in­stead, the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery res­i­dent of Ash­ford to keep their eyes open for the peo­ple who treat their vic­tims with such dis­dain and con­tempt.

“At this time of year, with win­dows and pa­tio doors open, house bur­glary is all too easy.

“Res­i­dents should be ex­tra vig­i­lant for peo­ple en­gaged in door to door sur­veys or of­fer­ing ser­vices, es­pe­cially win­dow clean­ing.

“Look care­fully in your road for ve­hi­cles that don’t be­long and get a pic­ture of any­one who you even slightly sus­pect may be up to no good.

“Be care­ful not to ever put your­selves at risk and never worry that you may be wast­ing po­lice Brad Brad­ford Ash­ford bor­ough coun­cil­lor

‘It is too easy to pass the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­tect­ing our homes on to the po­lice’

time by call­ing them.

“Please let’s all work to­gether to help our po­lice ser­vice and the Com­mu­nity Safety Part­ner­ship to make this bor­ough a safe, re­ward­ing and en­joy­able place to live.”

The break-ins were spread across the bor­ough, but the ma­jor­ity were car­ried out in Ken­ning­ton.

Det Sgt Steph Devon con­firmed there had been no fur­ther bur­gla- ries but urged res­i­dents to get in touch if they had any in­for­ma­tion.

She added: “In­quiries are very much on­go­ing and we are still ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the break-ins to con­tact po­lice.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call po­lice on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111 quot­ing ref­er­ence ZY/19225/16.

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