Warning for van and car owners after string of thefts in Sheffield

Thieves have been targeting power tools left in vans and cars
Thieves have been targeting power tools left in vans and cars
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Van and car owners in Sheffield have been urged to take extra precautions following a string of thefts.

Police in the north east of the city say thieves have broken into a number of vans and cars over the last few weeks, taking items from inside and also stealing registration plates.

Inspector Richard Burgess, of the Sheffield North East local policing team, said: "Across the north east of Sheffield we have seen an increase in the number of vehicles being broken into and having items stolen.

"In particular, it would appear that people have been targeting work vans to take power tools. I’d advise people with work vans to remove tools overnight."

Police have offered the following advice to protect your vehicle:

* Don’t leave valuables in your car and in particularly on show in your car

* Where possible park in well-lit areas and areas covered by CCTV if you can

* Always lock your vehicle and fit additional locks or an alarm if you can

* Keep your van keys safe while you are working, never leave them in your vehicle

* If you do keep power tools in your van, security mark them so they are identifiable. You can do this using your postcode or house number for example, written in UV pen

* Make sure you have fully comprehensive insurance for your vehicle. Thieves will often ‘smash and grab’ causing damage that can be expensive to repair and may mean your car or van is off the road for several days

Police have asked anyone with information about the recent vehicle thefts to call them on 101.

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