Two Dartford burglaries and attempted break-in reported in straight days

Kent Police is looking into a spate of reported burglaries in the same part of Dartford.

Kent Police is looking into a spate of reported burglaries in the same part of Dartford.

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Police are investigating two reported burglaries and another attempted break-in in the same part of Dartford on consecutive days.

The first was reported at 4.20pm on August 3 when the residents of an address in Darenth Park Avenue returned home to find two men inside the house.

The men escaped through a window, threatening one of the victims when he tried to follow them.

The second took place in the same road between 10.30am and 11.30pm the following day.

A quantity of jewellery was reported missing.

Officers are also reviewing a report of three men trying to break in to a house in Princes View at around 1.10pm yesterday.

Police have not said they are linked but are continuing to investigate. 

Anybody with information is asked to call DS John Ralph at Kent Police on 01474 366045.

Detectives are particularly interested in information regarding a light blue or silver BMW M3 that is believed to be linked to one of the incidents.

Alternatively, to remain anonymous, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Are you a victim or do you know what happened during any of these incidents? Call 01689 885702, e-mail tim.macfarlan@london.newsquest.co.uk or tweet @NewsShopperTim

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5:24pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Forensics says...

No home is 100% safe from being burgled but there are a few things that may prevent you from becoming a victim.

* Don't just rely on a single Yale type lock on your front door. They are so easy to get open with the right equipment and burglars know the technique. Consider fitting a mortice lock as well, they need a key to lock and unlock and require much more force for a burglar to get in.

* Search for 'London bar security device' on google. They cost about £25 and are easily fitted to the inside door frame. They run from top to bottom and stop the door frame from bursting/splitting when kicked. Burglars want to get in and out unnoticed by neighbours so make it harder for them.

*Invest in security lights that come on when the sun goes down. Maybe leave a radio on too.
If you know you are going to be coming home after dark them buy some timers for lamps indoors. A house in darkness is a sure sign nobody is home.

*If you have locking windows and doors don't leave keys in the locks. Burglars like a second escape route in case you or police arrive.

*Hide all valuables out of sight. Burglars don't know if they have been seen by vigilant neighbours so they want to get in and out as quick as possible. They prefer small items like iPads, jewellery and laptops that can fit in a backpack and are easy to sell on.
Large flat screen TVs do get stolen but draw more attention to themselves walking down the road.

*As tempting as it is don't leave windows open when you pop out for 5 minutes in the hot weather. That's all they need.

*Don't leave car keys on display. Most modern cars have alarms and better security so breaking into the house and taking the keys is the easy option.

*Finally, imagine you went out and left your keys indoors. What would be the easiest way for you to get back in?
I got locked out once and found I could reach the door lock by reaching through the cat flap. Next day, trip to Wickes for extra locks.
No home is 100% safe from being burgled but there are a few things that may prevent you from becoming a victim. * Don't just rely on a single Yale type lock on your front door. They are so easy to get open with the right equipment and burglars know the technique. Consider fitting a mortice lock as well, they need a key to lock and unlock and require much more force for a burglar to get in. * Search for 'London bar security device' on google. They cost about £25 and are easily fitted to the inside door frame. They run from top to bottom and stop the door frame from bursting/splitting when kicked. Burglars want to get in and out unnoticed by neighbours so make it harder for them. *Invest in security lights that come on when the sun goes down. Maybe leave a radio on too. If you know you are going to be coming home after dark them buy some timers for lamps indoors. A house in darkness is a sure sign nobody is home. *If you have locking windows and doors don't leave keys in the locks. Burglars like a second escape route in case you or police arrive. *Hide all valuables out of sight. Burglars don't know if they have been seen by vigilant neighbours so they want to get in and out as quick as possible. They prefer small items like iPads, jewellery and laptops that can fit in a backpack and are easy to sell on. Large flat screen TVs do get stolen but draw more attention to themselves walking down the road. *As tempting as it is don't leave windows open when you pop out for 5 minutes in the hot weather. That's all they need. *Don't leave car keys on display. Most modern cars have alarms and better security so breaking into the house and taking the keys is the easy option. *Finally, imagine you went out and left your keys indoors. What would be the easiest way for you to get back in? I got locked out once and found I could reach the door lock by reaching through the cat flap. Next day, trip to Wickes for extra locks. Forensics
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