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Vans targeted in overnight spree by thieves

Monday, 22nd April 2013.

Police are appealing for information after four vans were broken into in Haverhill.

The incidents all took place overnight from Thursday to Friday, April 18-19, with two in Hales Barn Road, one in Arrendene Road and one in Brickfields.

The first offence in Hales Barn Road involved a white Peugeot Expert van which was parked in the street. The thief smashed the front offside window to get into the cabin and then the rear of the van. A yellow and black DeWalt 12V drill was stolen.

In the other incident in Hales Barn Road the thief managed to force the lock of a white Volkswagen Crafter van, which was also parked in the street, getting into the front cabin. They were not able to access the rear of the van and so no items were stolen.

In Arrendene Road, a white Vauxhall Vivaro van parked on a driveway had its offside front window smashed, again allowing access to the cabin and then the rear of the van. A yellow and black DeWalt self-levelling laser and a blue Bosch 36V drill were stolen.

The final incident occurred in Brickfields where a white Vauxhall Vivaro van parked in the street also had its front side window smashed. The rear of the van was accessed and an Exfo multimeter power reader was stolen.

Anyone with information relating to any of these crimes is asked to contact PC Daniel Aston at Haverhill Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Suffolk police are urging members of the public to take the following measures to prevent this type of crime:
Always remove valuable tools and equipment from vehicles overnight;
If this is not practical or possible then you should consider keeping tools locked within a fixed and secure strongbox;
If you have a garage you should park your van inside it or back it up as close to the doors as you can;
If parked on your drive or on the road in front of your house, consider fitting dusk-to-dawn lights at the front of your property so the vehicle is kept well-lit overnight;
Security mark your tools and equipment by either etching or stamping your house name/number and postcode on them or write the details on with an ultraviolet pen. Alternatively use a forensic solution to mark them;
Register all serial numbers on the national property register www.immobilse.com

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