Residents in Folkestone and Hythe are being urged to store valuable jewellery and cash securely following reports of burglaries in the area.
Three burglaries and one attempted burglary were all reported to Kent Police over the course of two days, with victims reporting cash and jewellery stolen.
The reports include:
• An attempted burglary at around 1.10pm on Thursday 7 November 2019 in Whitby Road, Folkestone. The occupants were at home when they saw three men causing damage to a window. After one of the victims made a noise, the three men ran away (crime reference 46/213990/19).
• A burglary at a property in Pilgrim Spring, Folkestone between 8am and 1.15pm on Thursday 7 November. A quantity of cash was reported stolen and enquiries are ongoing to confirm if anything else was taken (crime reference 46/214135/19).
• A burglary at Octavian Drive in Lympne between 12.30pm and 3.50pm on Friday 8 November. Jewellery including a diamond ring, some gold watches and an emerald ring (crime reference 46/215020/19) were reported stolen.
• A burglary in Dymchurch Road, Hythe between 7pm and 7.45pm on Friday 8 November. A quantity of cash and jewellery were reported stolen (46/215293/19).
Officers investigating the reports are keeping an open mind as to whether they may be linked and are appealing for witnesses to any of the incidents to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting the relevant crime reference number.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org
As part of Kent Police’s annual campaign against burglary, officers are reminding residents there are simple steps to help keep their homes secure, such as:
• Keeping jewellery, cash, keys and expensive items out of view.
• Avoiding keeping large amounts of cash at home.
• Using a good quality safe, bolted to a solid wall or floor and hidden in a cupboard.
• Using a bank safety deposit box for expensive items.
• Recording and photographing your gold and jewellery and keeping the details somewhere safe.
• Getting your gold and other jewellery valued and insured.
• Security-marking items with a product suitable for jewellery.
• Considering installing security systems such as alarms and CCTV in your home.