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Tradesmen advised over van security after spate of thefts

Tuesday, 11th November 2014.

Police in Haverhill are warning motorists, especially tradesmen, to consider extra security measures after a number of vehicles have had tools stolen from them since the beginning of the month.

The first incident took place between 10.40am and 10.50am on Saturday, November 1, in St James Court, where a Volkswagen Transporter van was broken into a had a TomTom sat nav stolen from inside.

Following this, between 8.30pm Wednesday, November 5, and 9am next morning in Ruffles Road an insecure Mitsubishi Shogun was entered and a Stihl chainsaw and digital laser level were stolen.

Over the same night the door of a white panel van was forced open in Sandpiper Close and a number of power tools and associated equipment were stolen from inside.

Between 3pm and 6.30pm on Thursday, November 6, in Chapelwent Road, the door of an Iveco Daily van was forced open and a petrol auger drill along with a pair of bolt cutters was stolen.

The final incident took place between 4.15pm Thursday, November 6, and 7.55am next day in Cambridge Way, where the rear of a Ford Transit van was entered and a quantity of copper valves were stolen.

Anyone with information about any of these crimes is asked to contact Haverhill Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Motorists are reminded to keep vehicles locked at all times and to remove property from inside their vehicles where possible. If for any reason tools and equipment cannot practically be removed, it is advised to store them within a fixed and secure strongbox within the vehicle. There are also alarms available for larger toolboxes.

It is also advisable to mark tools with your postcode and business name if appropriate, either by using a forensic marking solution, etching, or preferably a combination of both.

Serial numbers should also be recorded and can be entered onto the national property database www.immobilise.com

Further crime prevention advice is available from the Suffolk Constabulary website www.suffolk.police.uk

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