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Overnight burglaries in Tonbridge

Residents are reminded to ensure their doors and windows are secure overnight following burglaries in Hildenborough and Tonbridge during hours of darkness.

An attempted burglary is believed to have happened in White Cottage Road between 10pm on Sunday 9 September and 6am on Monday 10 September 2018. It is reported the offender tried to climb through a ground floor window but failed to get in.

At around 4am on Tuesday 11 September, a resident in Coldharbour Lane, Hildenborough called to report an intruder had attempted to enter their house through a window but left when an alarm sounded. A further break-in was reported in Northwood Road over the same night where a quantity of cash and a games console was stolen.

Detective Inspector Kerry Rothwell of the Tonbridge and Malling Community Safety Unit said: ‘While we are investigating these incidents, I am reminding residents to ensure their doors and windows are secure when they go to bed and to keep valuable items out of view.

‘I would ask anyone who saw anything suspicious overnight in these areas or who has information that may assist the investigation to contact us.’

Further advice to help avoid being the victim of burglary includes:

· Using timer switches on lights and radios to make homes look occupied
· Keeping gates locked and boundaries secure
· Locking away bikes, tools and garden items which could be stolen or used to break into homes.

Residents could also:

· Security-mark items including bikes, mobiles and laptops
· Keep receipts, IMEI numbers and serial numbers safe
· Photograph and insure expensive or unique items
· Register important items for free on the national Immobilise database – this can help items to be returned if they are stolen and then recovered.

Anybody with information can call the appeal line on 01622 604100 quoting reference YY/32677/18.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity ‘Crimestoppers in Kent’ anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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