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Police offer advice to van owners after spree of thefts across Derby and South Derbyshire

Alert message sent 31/10/2019 13:41:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


We are offering advice to van owners and an opportunity to get tools marked for free after a spree of thefts in Derby and South Derbyshire.

Over the last week, since Wednesday, 23 October, there have been 31 thefts from vans across Derby and South Derbyshire.

Chief Inspector Fiona Kilgour from Derbyshire police, says: “We understand how this type of crime impacts on the victims, as not only are they faced with replacing tools but are potentially unable to work until they are replaced.

“We are increasing patrols in the areas affected and have undertaken dedicated crime prevention activities in the areas affected.

“The messages we have been delivering are to make sure that vans are locked, left parked in a well-lit secure area under CCTV if possible and that the most expensive items are removed overnight.

“We would also ask people to resist the temptation to buy such tools from car-boot sales or ‘from the back of a lorry’ as without the black market for these stolen power tools criminals can’t profit from the thefts.”

Property marking can be a big deterrent to thieves as marked property proves ownership, especially under such schemes as www.immobilise.com.

The Safer Neighbourhood team in South Derbyshire have organised an event where van owners can have their property marked for free on Sunday, 17 November between 10am and 12midday on the car park of Beehive Lakes, Rosliston.

Watch out for additional events being organised soon, details will be posted on our website and social media channels.

If you have any information about thefts from vans or would like to speak to one of our Safer Neighbourhood teams, make contact with us using any of the following non-emergency contact methods:

Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
Phone – call us on 101.

You can also anonymously contact Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
 
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