Posted: Tue 7th Feb 2017

Police Advice Following Thefts From Vans In Powys

This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017

Over the last few months there has been an increase in reports of Vans being broken into across Powys and personal items including power tools being stolen from within. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

This is a national problem and Dyfed-Powys Police are working with other forces and in collaboration with partner agencies as necessary. Our focus is on investigating incidents thoroughly and expeditiously in an effort to bring offenders to justice, and also ensuring we are conducting proactive operations in vulnerable areas and patrolling our county borders effectively. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Many reports have been in relation to tools being stolen from trade vehicles, which, in turn has had an effect on the owners who need them in the course of their employment. Police are urging anyone who drives a Ford Transit van to ensure they lock and alarm their vehicles and more importantly remove any valuable items overnight, especially tools, to prevent them being a victim of theft. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Vehicle Crime Prevention Advice ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • Don’t leave property on show in your vehicle.
  • Even items of clothing can attract thieves as they may think that there will be money in the pockets
  • Don’t leave valuables in the glove box or rear of your vehicle.
  • Remove all tools from the rear of your vehicle.
  • Consider emptying your glove box and leave it open when you leave your vehicle.
  • Where possible park your vehicle in a well-lit spot that is visible to other members of the public, or covered by CCTV, as thieves are less likely to break in if they can be seen.
  • At home, don’t keep your keys next to your front door or in an obvious place – thieves do sometimes break into houses with the sole intention of taking keys and stealing the vehicle.
  • Keep motorcycles and quad bikes in a locked garage or shed, or failing that, chained securely to an immovable object.
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