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Van drivers targeted in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket

Police are appealing for information after two vans were broken into earlier this week in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket.

In Stowmarket the van in Lindsey Way was broken into sometime between 11pm Wednesday, January 2 and 7am yesterday.

A number of power tools were stolen together with a tool box containing various hand tools.

Van thefts.
Van thefts.

In Bury a van was broken into in Pemberton Walk sometime between 4.30pm on Wednesday, January 2 and 6.25am yesterday.

A number of power tools were stolen together with various hand tools.

If you have any information about the thefts please contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting crime reference 37/421/19 for Stowmarket or 37/523/19 for Bury.

You can also use the online crime reporting link: www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something

Police are also urging motorists to make sure their vans are locked and all valuables are removed, whether the vehicle is parked on or off-road.

Police have said thieves will enter private properties, public car parks and garages to look for insecure vehicles and tools.

Van owners are also advised to register their tools for free at www.immobilise.com by taking note of the serial numbers and models, and to use ultraviolet pen to invisibly mark their property, which increases the chances of having them returned to the owner in the event of property being lost or stolen.

Van drivers should also consider the following measures to reduce the risk of being a victim of crime:

  • Always lock all doors and shut windows, physically checking van doors are locked.
  • Park in a garage or secure area where possible.
  • Park with the doors against a wall.
  • If you park on your driveway, consider installing motion activated CCTV.
  • Be particularly aware when unloading.
  • Remove tools from the van if possible.
  • To increase the security of tools, you can bolt either a cage or box to the base of the van which should be secured with a sturdy close shackle padlock to reduce and deter further incidents.
  • Setting an alarm or immobiliser will make it more difficult for the offender.
  • Consider upgrading locks/fitting for additional protection.

Information on police approved products can be found at www.securedbydesign.com

Further advice can be found on the Suffolk Police website www.suffolk.police.uk

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