Police warn of vans being targeted by thieves in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 12:19 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:19 10 May 2018

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Work vans around Exmouth are being targeted by opportunistic thieves, according to police.

Officers are getting reports of thefts of tools and equipment from vans in the town and say that, although sporadic, they get ‘two or three’ incidents at a time suggesting the offenders are targeting the area then moving elsewhere.

Exmouth Inspector Antonia Weeks said: “The offenders target works vans as often large amounts of tools and equipment are kept inside.

“All makes and models are vulnerable although recent crimes have involved Ford Transit vans.”

Police are urging people who need to keep tools in their vans increase their security especially when leaving the vehicle overnight.

Inspector Weeks added: “While it’s not always practical to remove everything out of the van - there are crime prevention options available such as property or DNA marking that can reduce the risk of your kit being stolen or increase the chances of it being recovered if it is.”

Police say anyone who has people working for them or at their property should advise them of the risk to their vehicle and tools.

They also warn people of the need to be vigilant while on site.

Anyone who is offered tools for sale which are thought to have been stolen is asked to contact police on 101.

If anyone witnesses any suspicious behaviour around work sites or vehicles they should ring 999.

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