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High Peak van owners urged to lock it or lose it

Posted on 15th September 2016
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Motorists across the High Peak are being urged to lock it or lose it after thieves target vans in the area.

Over recent weeks police have received reports of vans being broken into overnight across the High Peak, particularly in the areas of Fairfield, Chapel-en-le-Frith and the Hope Valley, with power tools being stolen.

Following the thefts, officers will be heading out to speak to motorists, especially those working in the trade industry, about the steps that they can take to better protect themselves from crime.

Sergeant Denis Murphy, who oversees Safer Neighbourhood policing across the Derbyshire Dales, 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.

“Over the past two weeks we have seen vans being targeted, with mainly power tools being stolen. Don’t make it easy for thieves, where possible please remove tools and similar equipment from your vans overnight and ensure that they are security marked to help deter a thief.”

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 Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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