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Hope Valley van owners urged to get security into gear

Posted on 7th November 2016
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Motorists in the Hope Valley are being urged to get their security into gear after tools were stolen from vans over the last week.

Sometime between 10pm on Thursday, November 3 and 7.15am the following morning, thieves bent the side door to gain access to a white Ford Transit van which was parked on the driveway of a property along Castleton Road in Hathersage.

A number of power tools were stolen including Bosch drills, a circular saw, multi-tool cutter and an angle grinder.

Tools were also stolen after thieves forced open the door of a white Citroen Dispatch. The incident took place overnight between Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4 along Main Road in Bamford.

Following the thefts, officers from the Hope Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team will be carrying out increased patrols in hot spot areas and will be speaking to motorists, particularly van owners, about boosting the security of their vehicles.

Sergeant Denis Murphy: “We will be continuing to patrol the area but do ask people to vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour and or vehicles, especially during the hours of darkness. It is difficult to overstate the importance of passing information about suspicious activity to the police.

“It seems likely that this is the work of travelling criminals who are targeting villages so we would again appeal to owners and keepers of vans to take some simple precautionary measures to minimise the likelihood of becoming victims of vehicle crime.”

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 Hope Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, or by sending them a message using the Contact Us section of our website here

You can also contact the team for further crime prevention advice.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.