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Police are appealing for information after thieves target Buxton vans

Posted on 12th December 2016
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Police are appealing for information after thieves broke into vans in Buxton overnight.

Offenders gained access to a white Peugeot van after smashing the drivers light and forcing the lock. Once inside, they stole two bags of Christmas presents and a range of power tools including Makita drills, a circular saw and a multi-tool.

The theft took place along Macclesfield Road in Buxton sometime overnight between Sunday, December 11 and Monday, December 12.

On the same night, thieves forced the side door of a Citroen Dispatch van that was parked along Harpur Hill Road, Harpur Hill. An untidy search of the van was carried out and thieves made off empty handed.

Damage was also caused to a van along Berwick Road in Harpur Hill after vandals damaged the dead lock in an attempt to gain entry.

Following the thefts, officers from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team are appealing for anyone with information, or who may have seen suspicious activity in the area, to contact them.

The team are also asking motorists, particularly van owners, to consider the security of their own vehicles in a bid to deter thieves.

Sergeant Denis Murphy from the town’s Safer Neighbourhood team, said: “I would like to encourage anyone with information about the thefts to come forward and let us know. It is often by putting together small pieces of information that we are able to identify offenders and bring them to justice. So any information, no matter how small, may really help to make a difference.

“Thieves are opportunists so don’t make it easy for them by ensuring that any valuables, particularly tools, are removed from vehicles overnight and stored securely. It only takes a few minutes but can prevent a lot of hassle if it stops a thief from breaking into your vehicle.”

Other crime prevention advice includes:

  • Before leaving your vehicle unattended, ensure it is properly locked, with the windows up and the alarm activated;
  • Wipe away any visible marks left behind by a phone cradle or sat nav;
  • Where possible, try to remove all valuable items, especially tools, out of the vehicle completely. If this isn’t possible, always keep them out of view from passers-by;
  • Security mark all of your valuables to help make them easily identified and traceable should they be stolen and recovered. This also makes them less attractive to thieves;
  • Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Anyone with any information about the thefts is asked to contact the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, or by sending them a message here

To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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