Whitwell: Reminder to van drivers on security following thefts

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Van drivers are being reminded about security after a number of thefts in Whitwell and Clowne.

People are advised to make sure that vehicles are locked, parked securely and that tools and valuables are removed.

The advice comes as five reports have been reported to police about vans which have been broken into since Sunday, 10th November.

Two Ford Transit vans parked on Neale Street and Creswell Road in Clowne and one on Hillside, Whitwell were targeted sometime overnight between Sunday 10th November and Monday, 11th November.

Community Safety Inspector, Russell Dakin, said: “We are encouraging owners to take the necessary safety precautions from simply locking vehicles and removing valuables, to considering fitting and using a suitable alarm.”

“Tools and other valuables can be expensive, and could also mean you are unable to work while waiting for them to be replaced. While it might seem inconvenient, removing these items and securing your vehicle might be worthwhile in the longer term.”

Residents are also encouraged to report any suspicious behaviour around vehicles to police.

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.