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101 for non-urgent crime and 999 if a crime is in progress or life in danger
8 newly planted conifer trees were stolen from the garden of a property in Sanderling Way Iwade overnight on 6th / 7th December. If you have any information about this or any other crime you can contact Kent Police on telephone number 101 for 15p regardless of the length of the call. Reference for this crime is XY/038655/12. Note there was also an attempted garage break-in in Iwade on 18th December, further details not known. Click on more to find out how to prevent crime this Christmas and other crime-related news and useful information...

Did you know that if you are a victim of crime and are over 60 years of age there is a service available called Handy Van. It is sponsored by Age UK and offers an opportunity to have your home security inspected and updated without charge in many cases. All of their workers are CRB checked. Appointments can be made to suit and lots of little jobs can be done if necessary. Such as curtains hung up again and hand rails erected should they be needed. If interested phone NHW on: 01795 419212 or use freephone on 0808 100 3308 and speak to George who will help you to get this helpful service. Note they may not be there during the holidays so leave a message and someone will get back to you in the New Year.

Don't tempt thieves this Christmas
As most of us prepare for the festive season, thieves may also be looking forward to the wide range of gifts or valuables on display. particularly in your home or car. Make sure thieves don't spoil your Christmas by taking a few steps to keep your valuables and shopping safe:
When you go out:
. Don't leave valuables or Christmas shopping on display in your vehicle, or in the boot or glove box - thieves know where to look.
. Keep valuable items like keys, wallet and mobile phone tucked away, out of sight and spread around your person for safety.
. Never leave your belongings or shopping unattended.
When shopping online:
. If you're buying items online, make sure you use reputable companies, only use a page with https or the padlock icon and pay by credit card.
At home:
. Keep valuables including presents, wallets and car keys out of view from doors and windows, and secure your home before you go out.
. Dispose of packaging carefully - boxes or wrappings for expensive-looking items left outside your home may tempt thieves.
For more advice from our Stay Safe this winter campaign, visit

How to contact Kent Police

Report a crime
. Call 101 to report a non-urgent crime or to contact your local officer
. Call 999 if a crime is in progress or life is in danger
. If you are deaf or speech-impaired, text 'police' and your message to 60066
. Visit your nearest police front counter to report non-urgent crime

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Recently a male caller on phone to Swale resident stated that he was from the CSU partnership at Swale Borough Council. He claimed to be running an event at the moment targeting the ME9 area and was offering free installation of Burglar alarms. He also claimed that these will be linked to the police for 24-hours assistance. The only cost to the resident would be for monitoring.
He began to ask for more personal details such as names of family living at address; was anyone at home for the rest of the day; when are they likely to be at home etc as he had a rep in the area now. When our informant asked for the name and phone number of the caller the call was ended.

If you made it this far then apologies if this sounds like doom and gloom. Here at we hope that you don't suffer from a crime this Christmas and have a very Happy Christmas and an even happier New Year!

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