Theft from motor vehicle in Sproughton
Police are appealing for witnesses to a theft from motor vehicle that took place in Sproughton.
It happened on Tuesday 10 December at 7pm and Wednesday 11 December at 6:15am at Premier Inn on Hadleigh Road.
Overnight, the offender(s) drilled a hole in the sliding door of works van to gain access and steal around 11 tools from within including various drills, angle grinders and hand saws.
Police are reminding tradesmen and van owners, if possible, to ensure work equipment, expensive tools and any other valuables be removed and left in a secure location elsewhere. Keep note of the serial numbers of your tools, or engrave them to ensure they are identifiable as yours.
Deter thieves by backing your van close to a wall when parking and ensure it is alarmed and parked either in a garage or a well-lit, public area.
If you are offered tools in suspicious circumstances, please do not buy them and let police know immediately via 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Van owners are also advised to register their tools for free at www.immobilise.com by taking note of the serial numbers and models, and to use ultraviolet pen to (invisibly) mark their property, which increases the chances of having them returned to you in the event of being lost or stolen.
Van drivers should also consider the following measures to reduce the risk of being a victim of crime:
• Always lock all doors & shut windows, physically checking van doors are locked.
• Park in a garage or secure area where possible.
• Park with the doors against a wall.
• If you park on your driveway consider installing motion activated CCTV.
• Be particularly aware when unloading.
• Remove tools from the van if possible.
• To increase the security of tools, you can bolt either a cage or box to the base of the van which should be secured with a sturdy close shackle padlock to reduce and deter further incidents.
• Setting an alarm or immobiliser will make it more difficult for the offender.
• Consider upgrading locks/fitting additional protection.
• Information on Police approved products can be found at www.securedbydesign.com
For crime prevention advice please click on the below link:
Anyone who has knowledge of the theft, saw any suspicious activity or knows who committed the thefts should contact police, quoting crime number - 37/74670/19.
Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update
Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Phone – Call 101
Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999