Seasonal Crime advice from Kent Police and Neighbourhood Watch

Thieves are more active in the run up to Christmas , criminals will be on the lookout for any opportunity to help themselves to valuables, so make sure they are not yours .


Out Shopping

  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Keep your handbag shut (purse bells are available from Ashford Police Station reception, £1)
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • Make sure no one can see your PIN number as you type it into a cash machine
  • If you think a cash machine has been tampered with report it straightaway
  • Use a credit/bank card contactless protector (available from Ashford Police Station reception, £1)


At Home

  • Lock doors and windows
  • Keep presents out of sight
  • Don’t leave car keys or handbags near doors or windows
  • If you are going away cancel any deliveries and use a timer to switch lights on and off
  • Don’t open the door to unexpected callers , use a door chain and check first
  • Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home


Your Car

  • Keep presents and other valuables out of sight
  • Remove portable Sat Navs from your car and clean the windscreen of suction marks
  • Never leave keys in the ignition, even for the briefest of moments
  • Park in well-lit supervised car parks


Out and About

  • Make sure you do not drink too much and leave yourself at risk
  • Drinking and driving do not mix  – nominate a driver if going out in a group or get a licensed taxi home
  • Make sure your drink isn’t tampered with – don’t leave your drink unattended
  • If you are offered a high value product at a bargain price it may be stolen or not the real thing – don’t part with your money unless you are sure the source is genuine.


How and when to contact Kent Police

  • If there is a threat to life or public safety, or a crime may be in progress dial 999
  • To report a crime other than a crime in progress call 101
  • Or to report a crime other than a crime in progress go to to report your crime on line.



Stay SAFE……but take care not to let thieves spoil your celebatarions