Appeal For Information
|Published: 22nd May 2012 13:28|
Appeal For Information
Police are requesting the public's support in relation to an increase in thefts from vehicles.
In one incident within a commercial yard in Broomfleet, Brough, overnight on 15/16 May, an excavator digger was targeted and 200 litres of fuel was stolen by siphoning from the fuel tank.
In addition to fuel thefts, vans are also being targeted for their tools. Between 15 and 16 May an unattended van was approached in Southgate, Driffield where two work tool bags were taken.
Detective Inspector Paul Kirby, from the Serious and Acquisitive Crime Team (SACT) said:
"We treat these offences seriously and recognise the impact they have on the business community.
"I urge those drivers who use a van for their business to remove valuable tools and equipment from their vehicles overnight. This may sound like a bind at the end of a busy working day, but could prevent the loss of thousands of pound of equipment along with the value of lost trade.
"Please ensure your work sites are locked, secure and that there is adequate fencing that can prevent entry to a criminal. Other methods such as PIR lighting, CCTV and anti-climb paints are also good preventative measures".
Humberside Police would also like to remind people not to leave any items of value in your car, no matter how long you may be away from your vehicle. It only takes an opportunist thief a matter of seconds to steal your items of value.
In one incident that occurred between 21 and 22 May, a car was approached in the Eastgate, Hornsea area and a sat nav and bag containing confidential information were taken.
Humberside Polices' Serious and Acquisitive Crime Team are currently investigating offences, and traffic teams are patrolling roads to catch ‘travelling criminals'.
DI Kirby added: "Simple steps such as removal of valuables, parking in well lit locations or parking with the access doors near to a wall or garage door will make things harder for the thieves.
"Mark your possessions or even take a photograph of them so they can be identified if recovered; or use an online property registration company such as www.immobilise.com that is supported by Humberside Police and several other forces across the country.
"If the public know who is stealing these tools then please tell us on our new non-emergency number 101 or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 who can treat your calls with the strictest confidence.
- Fitting good quality CCTV;
- Securing gates on an evening;
- Keeping fuel tanks low overnight;
- Remove valuables.