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Tradesmen urged to secure their vehicles following tool thefts

Posted on 15th December 2014

Tradesmen are being urged to secure their vehicles after tools were stolen from a number of vans across the Chesterfield Division.

Overnight between Wednesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 11, police received reports of seven vans that had been broken into around Barlborough, Dronfield, South Normanton and Chesterfield.

A red coloured Honda generator was stolen after offenders forced open the doors or an Iveco Daily van that was parked along Tallys End in Barlborough.

Offenders smashed the window of a silver coloured Ford Transit van that was parked in the Premier Inn car park on Carter Lane East, South Normanton. An Apple iPod, Tom Tom Sat Nav, Nike trainers and tools were stolen from within.

A Makita angle grinder, a Dewalt cordless drill and a FSEC saw were stolen after offenders prised the lock of a van that was parked on the driveway of a property on Gomersal Lane in Dronfield.

Tools were also stolen from two vans that were parked in the Ibis Hotel car park on Tallys End, Barlborough and another two vans on Brimington Road North in Chesterfield.

Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: “There have been several incidents of thefts from around the Chesterfield Division and I would like to take this opportunity to ask motorists to take extra security steps to protect their vans from being targeted by thieves.

“I would encourage people to security mark their tools to make them less attractive to thieves, as they love clean, unmarked items that can be easily sold on. By doing so, this will make your possessions identifiable and traceable should they be stolen and recovered, and also less attractive to thieves.

“Ensure that vehicles are properly secure before leaving them unattended, remove any valuables out of view from passers-by and wipe away any sucker marks from using a sat-nav.

“Finally, park in well-lit areas where possible and use quality locks and chains to secure any ladders to the top of the van.”

Officers are actively encouraging people to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police straight away on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Anyone with any information about the incidents, or knows the whereabouts of the tools, is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

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