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11 JAN

Thieves target traders’ vans

By timesecholife on in All News, Uttoxeter news

Vans broken into and tools stolen. Police urge vigilance and appeal for CCTV.

A SPREE of break-ins to work vans has prompted a call for vigilance from police.

Officers urged traders across the Uttoxeter area to take extra security steps after three vans were targeted in one night.

And an appeal has been launched for information about the four incidents and about a car which may be linked to the offences.

The first incident is thought to have taken place at around 12.40am on Friday 7 January.

The lock was cut from the rear door of a grey Vauxhall Vivaro parked outside a property on Westlands Road, Uttoxeter, but no items were taken.

A short time later, at around 1.05am, officers were called to Pennycroft Road following reports of an attempted theft.

It is believed a blue Ford Transit van was targeted and while no items were taken it was reported that two males made off in a grey Vauxhall Corsa, which seen heading eastbound towards Doveridge at around 1am.

At around 7.20am on the same day, officers were called to Westlands Road where a white Ford Transit was broken into and work tools were taken from the van.

PC John MacDonald, part of the East Staffordshire Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “When these offences take place it is not only an inconvenience to the owners of these vehicles but it can have a real impact on their livelihoods.

“We are asking van owners to be vigilant and also consider their vehicle’s security to mitigate the chances of them falling victim to crime.

“Steps they can take include removing tools from their vans but where this is not possible marking them clearly with their name using paint pens and sealing that with a clear lacquer spray.

“I would also suggest using a lockable cabinet and small cameras can also be installed inside vans.

“I would also suggest taking photographs of items of value and noting down their serial numbers. They can also be registered online at a property register site.”

On Saturday 8 January police were called to Riversfield Drive, Rocester after a branded works van was reported stolen.

The van, which had the company name and logo for Unique Kitchen and Bathrooms on it, was seen in Town Meadows Way, Uttoxeter at around 7.20am that morning.

Uttoxeter Rural PCSO Sean Elliott issued a Smart Alert to residents appealing for anyone who saw the van to report it to police. He said: “As always, Staffordshire Police will endeavour to find this vehicle and bring the thieves to justice.”

Further information on how to keep vehicles safe can be found online at Staffordshire.police.uk.

Anyone with information or CCTV footage can contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101, quoting incident number 04 of 7 January.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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