Theives attack vehicles for tradesman tools

force-website-vehicle-crime-banner-jpg-340x340_q85Reports are reaching the EYE concerning an increasing number of thefts from vehicles in the Enderby and Narborough areas.

It comes at that time of year when Leicestershire Police are urging vehicle owners to think about their vehicle security during the darker nights. It follows a sharp increase in thefts from cars and vans.

Detective Inspector Helen Nurse, the force lead for vehicle crime recently said:

“There has been an increase in all types of thefts from vehicles across the force area.

“Some of the vehicles have had their windows smashed or their locks forced but others have been left insecure.

“Thieves are trying car doors and stealing items such as laptops, wallets and sat navs which have been left on display.

“These offences typically take place overnight when owners have left their vehicles on a driveway or on the road. We are urging vehicle owners not to leave anything on display. Our message is clear ‘leave it on show, expect it to go’.”

However, at a time when local councils are operating street lights with lower luminance and even switching them off during the night, it seems like vehicle owners need to be extra vigilant and observe simple precautions such as not leaving property on show or leaving valuable equipment in commercial vehicles.

A concerning trend appears to be lack of damage or obvious forced entry.

Enderby resident Kelly Dobson told the EYE:

“There has been an influx of vehicles being broken into in the Enderby/Narborough area and tradesman’s equipment being stolen in the last few days.

My partner and another tradesman on our street have been victim to this also. We have spoken with the police and they have explained that this is rife at the moment.

Both vans were left with no apparent damage to the doors used to break in, and there is speculation from the police that they have a master key or a device that make access to the vehicles very easy and quiet!

I would hate for other tradesman to be robbed of their livelihoods in this way, as it is absolutely devastating for my partner, both financially and emotionally.”

To help protect your vehicle against thieves, Leicestershire Police are giving the following advice:

  • leave it on show expect it to go! Always remove valuables from your vehicle
  • remove sat navs including the support cradle and cables. Wipe away any suction pad marks
  • don’t leave tools in vans overnight
  • make sure that doors are locked, windows are closed and keys are removed when you leave the car, even if it’s only for a moment
  •  on icy mornings, never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running
  • park your vehicle in a well-lit spot that is visible to others, or covered by CCTV
  • if you have a garage, use it. Always lock your vehicle and garage
  • consider fitting a metal cage to your catalytic convertor or have it etched
  • register any vehicle equipment such as CD players, in-car DVD players, and sat navs for free with immobilise.com

 

 

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