Posted on 11th January 2017
The type of battery compartment that is being attacked
Our officers in South Derbyshire are issuing a warning to caravan owners to be vigilant.
The warning comes after a number of batteries have been stolen from caravans parked outside addresses in the district.
Since the end of last year seven caravans have been attacked with either the battery having been stolen or an attempt to take it.
The offences have happened in the Linton, Linton Heath, Newhall and Woodville areas and are thought to be happening late at night.
Sergeant Graham Summers, who is in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing for the area, said: “If you live in these areas, particularly if you own a caravan, please be vigilant as it seems that thieves are targeting caravans and stealing the batteries from the side compartments.
“We are aware of the issue and our patrols have been guided to try to prevent further incidents. If you own a caravan please help us by taking some steps to try to deter thieves. You could fit security lighting covering the van or even remove the battery and leave the compartment door open to show that there is nothing to steal.
“A Transit-type white van, with a roof rack and ladder at the back, has been seen in the area at the time of some of the offences. If you have information regarding this or anything else that may be linked to these offences please get in touch with us.”
You can contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 quoting reference number 1600043585. Alternatively send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org