Tools stolen from vans during spate of vehicle break-ins

PUBLISHED: 13:31 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:31 22 February 2018

Picture: Archant

Picture: Archant

Thieves targeted vans to steal a number of tools in a spate of vehicle break-ins.

The series of crimes in Downham Market and Marshland St James, near Wisbech, has prompted police to put out a warning for vehicle owners to be vigilant and make sure they are keeping their cars and vans secure.

Two vans were broken into in Retreat Estate and three further vans were broken into on Otter Close, Grimshoe Road and Smeeth Road in Marshland St James between 5.30pm on Wednesday, February 21 and 7am on Thursday, February 22.

Tools were stolen from all the vehicles.

Sgt Michael Synnott said: “We are in the early stages of our enquiries into these incidents which I believe are linked and I would urge anyone who may have information to contact police.

“I would also like to remind residents to be vigilant and ensure their vehicles are as secure as possible.

“Please take some simple security measures, such as blocking access to doors by parking close to buildings or other vehicles – and parking in well-lit areas.

“Please also report any suspicious behaviour to police on 101 or dial 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.”

Other advice issued by police on vehicle security includes:

• Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle

• Take your belongings with you when you leave the vehicle - if you can’t, lock them in the boot before you start your journey

• Fit an electronic immobiliser - this will prevent the car from starting

• Mechanical immobilisers, such as steering wheel locks, are a good alternative to electronic immobilisers

• Fit locking wheel nuts

• Get an alarm installed

• Consider marking all your valuables that you frequently take in your vehicle

• Lock all doors and close windows and the sun roof every time you leave your car unattended

• If you have a garage, use it. If you don’t always try and park in a well-lit open place

• Always lock your car and garage

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