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Security reminder for van owners following thefts in the North East Derbyshire area

Posted on 9th June 2017
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Van owners are being reminded about vehicle security after tools have been stolen from a number of vans in the North East Derbyshire area.

Six vehicles in the Killamarsh, Dronfield and Renishaw areas have been targeted in the last two weeks. Tools and equipment was taken from four of them, two others were broken into but nothing stolen.

We are also appealing for anyone with information about the incidents to come forward as officers make enquiries.

The most recent took place sometime overnight between Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9 on Nethermoor Lane, Killamarsh and tools were stolen from a Ford Transit van.

Two vans parked on Longcroft Road in Dronfield Woodhouse were broken into overnight between Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 8 and a leaf blower stolen from one of them.

A Ford Transit parked on High Street, Killamarsh, was targeted during the evening of Saturday, June 3 and tools were stolen from a van parked on Bailey Drive at the Norwood Industrial Estate in the afternoon of Friday, June 26.

In Renishaw, tools were stolen from an Iveco Daily van parked outside the Sitwell Arms Hotel, on Station Road, sometime overnight between Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2.

Community Safety Inspector Rob Bowns said: “We would always advise van owners to remove any valuable items from vehicles overnight and to make sure that they are secure, with the doors locked and windows closed. They should also consider marking valuables with specialist forensic property marking kits.

“When working on sites or at nearby premises, traders should also make sure they leave their vehicles secure whenever they are away from them, as an opportunist thief will randomly try a vehicles doors to see if they can get inside easily.

Insp. Bowns added: “I would also ask anyone with information, or who might have seen or heard anything suspicious in these areas to contact us.”

Other security tips include:

  • If possible park in a secure garage or in a well-lit area, with the vans rear or side doors close to a garage, wall or fence.
  • Consider having an alarm or immobiliser fitted if your van does not have one.
  • If you have an immobiliser or alarm, make sure it is set.
  • Report any suspicious activity to police, including descriptions of individuals or any vehicles they could be using.

You can download a leaflet offering further advice to the top of this page, or for further crime prevention advice check out our safety advice paged by clicking here.

Anyone with information should call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, or through the Contact Us pages of the website by clicking here.

You can also contact 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.