Sharp rise in number of cars being stolen after house break-ins

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Police chiefs are warning residents to take extra security checks to crack down on a rise in so-called ‘creeper burglaries’ in the county.

This is when crooks enter your home to pinch valuables and also swipe the keys to your car.

They then make good their escape by pinching your car too.

In a spate of recent incidents, BMW, Ford and Audi vehicles have been particularly popular with thieves.

Since the beginning of January to the present time there have been 96 vehicles either stolen, recovered following a theft or attempted to be stolen from burglaries in Kent.

This is compared with 62 during the same period last year.

Of those 96 offences, 26 of them have been detected.

Two people from Medway have recently appeared in court charged with these offences.

A 17-year-old, of no fixed address, appeared in court on April 19 where he pleaded guilty to one count of house burglary and admitted a further 28 offences. These include theft from motor vehicles and house burglaries, all in Medway and Swale and most of the offences were committed this year. Robinson is awaiting sentence.

Chatham nightclub promoter, Jason Ross, 25, has been charged with 25 house burglaries and stealing eight cars. The offences occurred in Medway, Gravesend and Larkfield between December 15 and March 2.

Ross has been remanded in custody until his plea and case management hearing at the end of May.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Morris said: “We are determined to clamp down on criminals who breach the sanctuary of people’s homes and help themselves to items of significant monetary and sentimental value. The invasion of personal property often has a long lasting and detrimental effect on victims.

“We take burglary very seriously and work tirelessly to prevent offences from being committed and keep people, and their homes, safe.

“Our analysis has shown that in many cases, criminals have targeted properties where windows and doors haven’t been properly secured and in many cases entry has been easily gained. We urge householders to secure their homes at night before going to bed and leave car keys out of sight.”

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