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Advice for 4×4 owners

December 5, 2012, 4:11 pm

Officers are reminding the owners of 4x4s to secure their vehicles after three were stolen at the weekend.

Kent Police was called just before midday on Saturday 1 December to a report that a black Toyota Hylux had been stolen from a car park in Union Street, Maidstone.

Later the same day, it was reported that a green Land Rover Defender was stolen from Hogbens Hill, Selling, Faversham, between 6.45pm and 7.15pm.

On Sunday 2 December, Kent Police was called just after 9am to a report that a green Land Rover Defender had been stolen from outside a property in Old Rectory Close, Ashford.

Chief Inspector Lee Russell said: `I’d urge the owners of 4x4s to be extra cautious when leaving their vehicles unattended. If you can, park your vehicle in a secure place such as a garage, secure car park or well lit area. Don’t make it easy for people to take your vehicle – lock the doors and close any windows. I’d also encourage people, where possible, to use an immobiliser or steering lock to help secure your vehicle. In addition, I would recommend that owners consider investing in a tracking device for their 4×4 as this helps to deter thieves and helps police find your vehicle if it is stolen.’

This advice comes as Kent Police is due to launch its Stay Safe this Winter campaign on Friday 7 December. The seasonal crime reduction campaign will focus on catching offenders of a number of crimes, including the theft of cash machines. Larger vehicles, such as 4x4s or vans, have previously been used in attempts to remove cash machines.

Chief Inspector Lee Russell added: `If you see anyone acting suspiciously near a cash machine, please report it to police by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, please call 999.’

Anyone with information about the thefts of 4x4s at the weekend is asked to call Kent Police on 101.

101 – The police non-emergency number

101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland – when it’s less urgent than a 999 call.
Find out more information about 101 by following this link.

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