Security warning issued to beach hut owners 

Kent Police is urging beach hut owners to take steps to protect themselves against burglary following reports of break-ins in Thanet. 

Recently locks have been damaged and there have been a spate of break-ins at the bays. The police have been investigating.

Sergeant Paul Robson of Thanet Community Safety Unit said: ‘We are investigating the recent reports and want to remind beach hut owners to review their security and take simple steps to protect against burglars and vandals now the summer season is over.’ 

  • Do not leave anything of value in your hut at any time.
  • Always lock all windows and doors securely.
  • Lock doors with at least one good quality closed-shackle padlock.
  • Consider fitting a bar lock and or a monitored alarm.
  • Security-mark property left in your hut and keep a photographic record of any items.
  • Look after your hut and make regular checks, to deter vandals.
  • Do not leave flammable substances or matches in your hut.
  • Do not leave materials around the hut which could be used to commit crime, such as tools.
  • If you have shutters or curtains, use them to prevent thieves looking in.

If you see anyone behaving suspiciously, report to Kent Police on 101 (999 if a crime is in progress) or via the Kent Police website.