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Warning for High Peak van drivers after spate of thefts
Monday 19th September 2016 @ 13:11 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle News

Drivers across Derbyshire and the High Peak are being urged to lock their vans or risk losing them after a number of thefts in the area.

Over recent weeks, police have received reports of vans being broken into overnight, with power tools and other equipment being stolen.

Sergeant Denis Murphy, who oversees Safer Neighbourhood policing, said: “I would like to encourage anyone with information about the thefts to come forward and let us know. It is often by putting together small pieces of information that we are able to identify offenders and bring them to justice, so any information, no matter how small, may really help to make a difference.

“Over the past two weeks we have seen vans being targeted, with mainly power tools being stolen. Don’t make it easy for thieves, where possible please remove tools and similar equipment from your vans overnight and ensure that they are security marked to help deter a thief.”

Other crime prevention advice includes:
•  Before leaving your vehicle unattended, ensure it is properly locked, with the windows up and the alarm activated;
•  Wipe away any visible marks left behind by a phone cradle or sat nav;
•  Where possible, try to remove all valuable items, especially tools, out of the vehicle completely. If this isn’t possible, always keep them out of view from passers-by;
•  Security mark all of your valuables to help make them easily identified and traceable should they be stolen and recovered. This also makes them less attractive to thieves;
•  Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Anyone with any information about the thefts is asked to contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.