Grindleford motorists warned to be cautious after thieves break into van

Sunderland motorists have been warned to lock their cars, to protect them from opportunist thieves.
Sunderland motorists have been warned to lock their cars, to protect them from opportunist thieves.

Vehicle owners in Grindleford are being warned to boost their security after thieves broke into a van in the village.

The thieves used tools to force open the rear doors of a Ford Transit that was parked on Station Road sometime on Thursday, December 3.

Power tools, including two electric drills, a disc cutter and a Hitachi saw were stolen from inside between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Following the incident, Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team are encouraging motoristss, particularly tradespeople, to take extra security steps to protect their vans from being targeted by thieves.

Crime prevention advice includes making sure the vehicle is properly secure with the windows up, alarm activated and wiping away any visible marks left by phone cradles or sat navs.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Constabulary said: “Remember, what isn’t there cannot be taken.

“Where possible, try to remove all valuable items, especially tools, out of the vehicle completely.

“If this isn’t possible, always keep them out of view from passers-by.

“Thieves love clean, unmarked tools that can be easily sold on so don’t make it easy for them by property marking all of your valuables. By doing so, this will make your possessions identifiable and traceable should they be stolen and recovered, and also less attractive to thieves.”

The force are ancourAaging people to report any suspicious behaviour to police on 0101.

Anyone with information about the van theft in the village should also contact the police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.