Make sure you keep your homes safe from burglars
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.