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Warning after thefts from vans in Chatteris, Doddington, Leverington, March, Wimblington and Wisbech

Police are advising van owners across Fenland to take extra precautions following recent thefts of tools.

Between February 1 and 15, 33 vans were targeted in Cambridgeshire with 24 having tools stolen from them. Nine of the offences took place in Fenland, including in Chatteris, Doddington, Leverington, March, Wimblington and Wisbech.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Andy Morris said: “Looking at the reports we have received, we are seeing that the offenders are mainly opting to drill into the locks on the vans and force entry that way.

Police have issued a warning after a spate of thefts from vans
Police have issued a warning after a spate of thefts from vans

“Those who have had tools stolen from them have been severely affected as this impacts their work.

“While I appreciate it can be an inconvenience, I would urge van owners to consider removing any items from their vehicles overnight, and also taking preventative measures to protect the vehicles from being drilled, such as reversing into driveways or installing cameras and lighting to deter thieves.

“The public’s help through reporting any suspicious activity or video footage can help any subsequent investigation. Even if you do not own a van, please stay vigilant and look out for your neighbours by reporting any suspicious activity to us.”

Anyone who has information regarding suspicious activity, or has video footage they would like to send police, can do so at www.cambs.police.uk/report

Advice on how to protect your vehicle can be found at www.cambs.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/vehicle-safe-and-sound/

If a crime is in action, or someone is in immediate danger, always dial 999.

Breakdown of the offences:

February 8: Shaftesbury Avenue, March: lock drilled and tools stolen; Church Street, Wimblington: not specified, tools stolen; Newgate Street, Doddington: lock drilled, tools stolen; Barton Road, Wisbech: lock drilled, tools stolen; Nightall Drive, March: lock drilled, nothing stolen; Church End, Leverington: lock drilled, nothing stolen.

February 9: New Road, Chatteris: lock drilled, tools stolen; North End, Wisbech: lock drilled, tools stolen.

February 13: Fillenham Way, Chatteris: vehicle unlocked, nothing stolen.

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