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Tools stolen in spate of over 40 vehicle break-ins

PUBLISHED: 15:17 10 October 2019 | UPDATED: 14:10 11 October 2019

Police are investigating thefts of tools and equipment from vehicles in South Norfolk and Breckland. Picture: Getty

Police are investigating thefts of tools and equipment from vehicles in South Norfolk and Breckland. Picture: Getty

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South Norfolk villages are the latest to be targeted in a spate of more than 40 thefts from vehicles across the region.

Two empty De Walt tool cases found in Old Buckenham following spate of thefts from vans. Picture: Suffolk PoliceTwo empty De Walt tool cases found in Old Buckenham following spate of thefts from vans. Picture: Suffolk Police

Police have urged van drivers and workmen to take extra measures to reduce the risk of their vehicles being broken into and expensive tools and equipment being stolen.

More than 40 incidents of thefts have been reported in Suffolk and on the Suffolk/Essex border. The offenders have gained entry by drilling doors and windows to gain entry.

Empty De Walt tool cases found in Redgrave following spate of thefts from vans. Picture: Suffolk PoliceEmpty De Walt tool cases found in Redgrave following spate of thefts from vans. Picture: Suffolk Police

However the latest incidents have occurred in Norfolk with a vehicle being broken into at Roydon, near Diss, and reports of similar thefts in Old Buckenham.

Police were also alerted after two empty De Walt tool cases were found in Old Buckenham and another in Redgrave, where two males were seen acting suspiciously around a Ford Transit.

The two De Walt tool cases have not yet been matched to a crime report. Anyone recognising them can contact Norfolk or Suffolk Police on 101.

Van owners are being advised to register their tools for free at immobilise.com by taking note of the serial numbers and models, and to use ultraviolet pen to invisibly mark their property.

Police also advise removing tools where possible and upgrading locks or fitting additional security measures.

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