Posted on 6th December 2016
Van owners across the High Peak are being urged to take steps to protect their property from thieves following recent thefts.
Over the past two weeks, police have received reports of vans being broken into across the High Peak, particularly in Buxton and New Mills.
Thieves have been targeting panel vans by prising open the doors and making off with power tools.
Police have been carrying out increased patrols in the High Peak to help to deter offenders and catch criminals in the act.
Residents are being encouraged to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to them so that they can help to stop a crime from happening.
Motorists, especially those working in the trade industry, are also being advised to take steps to better protect their property from being targeted by thieves.
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;
- Don’t make it easy for thieves. 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 no matter how small you think it may be. It could help to stop a crime from happening.
Anyone with any information about the thefts is asked to contact PC Kirsty Mellor on 101 or by sending her a message here
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
To report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.