On Thursday 19th April 2015 several burglaries were committed in the area of Lenacre Lane, Chestnut Close and The Acre, Whitfield.

Police were called to Nursery Lane in the early hours of Thursday 23rd April 2015. A resident of Nursery Lane reported two suspicious males setting off security lights to residential properties in the area. Local patrols conducted an area search with a negative result. A local Police dog handler has gone out on foot patrol in the general area when his dog indicated that people were nearby. The handler has observed two males trying the doors to properties along Grace Meadow; the males were changed by the Police dog handler and detained. A vehicle involved in this incident had driven at the handler giving one of the males chance to escape. Following the arrest of this male a fuller picture has been given and subsequent further arrests have been made with recovery of stolen property and evidence of other offences.

In relation to the above incidents four arrests have been made, property has been seized and Police investigations are still on going.

Please can all be aware of the following Crime Prevention and reporting suspicious people, vehicles and events advice for residents:

  • Keep doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are in the house.
  • Don’t leave empty boxes on display outside. Discarded packaging advertises all the new goods you have indoors.
  • Don’t leave car keys and handbags lying around on display and near to windows and doors for prying eyes to see.
  • Make it look like someone is at home when you’re going out for the evening. Leave lights on and close the curtains. If you have a burglar alarm, set it.
  • If you’re going on holiday ask a friend, relative or neighbour to keep an eye on your house.
  • Don’t advertise your property on social media sites as this could attract unwanted attention.

If residents believe there are suspicious persons in the area, please contact Kent Police immediately on: 101 non-emergency or 999 emergency.

Try to get a good description of the persons, for example; what clothing are they wearing, height, hair colour, tattoos, anything distinctive about that person that would stand out for them to be recognised.

If possible try to get a good description of the vehicle; Make and model of the car, vehicle registration, colour and the direction they left in.

Please be mindful who you are opening your homes to. If you are not expecting visitors, use a spy hole or door chain to ask who is there, do not open your front door, ask to see their ID any professional organisations who call at your property will be carrying their ID on their person and will be happy to show you this.

Please pass this information onto your elderly and vulnerable neighbours and keep a special eye out for them.

If you should be a victim of any offence please preserve the entrance/exit as best as possible for the police to secure any forensic evidence.

Thank you to our vigilant resident in Nursery Lane. This call informed Kent Police of people acting suspicious in your local area, which subsequently lead to arrests. Through Police investigates these arrests were linked to burglaries that occurred the week before in the surrounding area.

Off Road Bike

Residents of Bindon Blood Road, Whitfield have reported an off road bike being ridden in the local area. Details of the owner have been past to Kent Police. I have spoken with the owner of the black off road motor bike. The owner and bike details have been obtained and recorded. Words of advice have been given to the owner and if the bike is seen being ridden in an inappropriate place the bike is liable to be seized.

Nuisance Vehicles – TESCO

TESCO staff have reported several incidents of boy racers using TESCO car park as a drag strip. The vehicles have been racing around the car park late evenings, causing a hazard and a nuisance to others using the store at this time. I have liaised with the security officers at the store, CCTV has been seized and the owners of these vehicles will be spoken to by Police.

If there are any incidents or concerns local residents have please do not hesitate to contact Kent Police on 101 and request for their local PCSO to contact them. If the incident is of an urgent nature please call 999. Thank you.

The date of my next PCSO surgery is on Thursday 21st May 2015 between 10-11am and will be held at The Whitfield Village Hall Farmers Market. Furthers dates will be posted on the Village notice boards.