Warning to van owners after spate of thefts
Police are urging transit van owners to lock their vehicles after a spate of thefts.
Valuable items such as tools and plant equipment have been stolen in Ilkeston, Alvaston, Draycott and Long Eaton in recent weeks.
Thieves took a saw, whacker plate and rock breaker from a van parked in Thorndyke Avenue in Alvaston.
Tools and equipment were taken from four vans last week on Gertrude Road, Arthur Street and Walter Street in Draycott. All four vans were unlocked.
Last Thursday copper piping was taken from a carry tube that was attached to a van in Copestoke Close, Long Eaton.
Thieves also broke into a Ford transit van on a driveway on Heanor Road, Ilkeston, and took over £500 worth of power tools.
Sgt Dave Stafford who manages Alvaston Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “In a lot of these cases the vans have been left insecure, making it easy pickings for an opportunist thief.
“We cannot stress enough to all vehicle owners, please make sure you lock and secure your van or car.
”If someone wants to break in they will, but to leave valuable equipment in an insecure vehicle is an open invite.”
The vehicle break-ins have prompted police to offer security advice to drivers. This includes:
Keeping any plant and tool equipment out of sight, but ideally removed from the van altogether;
Ensure that your van doors and sliding doors are properly locked, check physically with handles they are secure when leaving them, rather than relying on the remote;
Park your van in a well-lit area or garage if possible;
Make sure the windows are secure.
For more advice on keeping your vehicle secure, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on the non-emergency number 101.
f you have any information on thefts from transit vans, call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.