Police in West Norfolk are urging van owners to be vigilant and take necessary security measures following a series of vehicle break-ins this weekend.
Four incidents were reported in Hilgay where both electric and hand-held tools were stolen:
• Between 3pm on Friday 24 January and 6am on Sunday 26 January from a Ford Transit van on Foresters Avenue.
• On Church Road between 5pm on Saturday 25 January and 9.30am on Sunday 26 January from a Renault Master van.
• Between 6pm on Friday 24 January and 2.20pm on Sunday 26 January offenders forced entry into the Citroen Dispatch van parked on Hills Court.
• An attempted theft also took place on 6pm on Saturday 25 January and 10am on Sunday 26 January, offenders attempted to enter a Ford Transit van. Nothing was stolen.
Two further incidents were reported in South Lynn when on Saturday 25 January between 11pm and 11.30pm where two vans were broken into – one on Morleys Leet and one on The Portway. Again electrical tools were stolen from the vehicles.
Two males were disturbed during the theft on The Portway and left the scene in a blue or grey saloon car.
Police are urging people to take the proper security measures to protect their property including removing all tools from vehicles overnight , ensuring vehicles are properly secured and where possible parking them in a way which makes the difficult to force entry
West Norfolk Policing Commander, Superintendent Carl Edwards, said: “We would be keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed any of these incidents, or who may have seen the vehicle described acting suspiciously in any of these areas.
“I would urge tradesman to be vigilant, where possible remove tools from vehicles overnight, park their vehicles in a well-lit area, and in a way which makes it more difficult for offenders to force entry, for example close to a wall.”
Anyone with further information about any of these incidents should contact Norfolk constabulary on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.