Buxton and Fairfield van owners urged to secure vehicles after spate of thefts

STOCK - Van break in theft
STOCK - Van break in theft

Motorists in Buxton and Fairfield are being urged to get their security into gear after thieves target vans in the area.

Earlier this week police received a number of reports of vans being broken into in the Buxton and Fairfield area.

Overnight between Monday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 11, vans along Harpur Hill Road and Dorset Close in Harpur Hill, Anncroft Road in Buxton and Haddon Road in Fairfield were broken into.

Power tools, including Makita chop saws, a Dewalt jigsaw, and Bosch and Dewalt drill boxes, were stolen, along with a Samsung Galaxy tablet and a variety of CDs.

Following the thefts, officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood team will be carrying out increased patrols in hot spot areas and will be speaking to motorists, particularly van owners, about boosting the security of their vehicles.

Sergeant Denis Murphy from the Buxton Town and Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Teams, said: “I would like to encourage anyone with information about the thefts to come forward and let us know. It is often by putting together small pieces of information that we are able to identify offenders and bring them to justice, so any information, no matter how small, may really help to make a difference.

“Thieves are opportunists so don’t make it easy for them by ensuring that any valuables, particularly tools, are removed from vehicles overnight and stored securely. It only takes a few minutes but can prevent a lot of hassle if it stops a thief from breaking into your vehicle.”

Other crime prevention advice includes:

- Before leaving your vehicle unattended, ensure it is properly locked, with the windows up and the alarm activated;

- Wipe away any visible marks left behind by a phone cradle or sat nav;

- 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;

- Security mark all of your valuables to help make them easily identified and traceable should they be stolen and recovered. This also makes them less attractive to thieves.

Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Anyone with any information about the thefts is asked to contact the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, or by sending them a message online by visiting www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.

To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.