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High Peak tradespeople urged to lock it or lose it

Posted on 17th November 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.

Since Monday, November 7, police have received reports of 15 vans being broken into across the High Peak, particularly in the areas of Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge and Buxworth.

Thieves have been targeting white vans in the area by forcing the locks or prising the doors and making off with power tools.

Following the thefts, officers will be carrying out increased patrols in the High Peak and are encouraging residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to them.

Motorists, particularly those working in the trade industry, are also being encouraged 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 on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Anyone with any information about the thefts is asked to contact PC Kirsty Mellor on 101 or by sending her a message using the Contact Us section of our website here

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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