Thefts from work vans in Ipswich
Police are appealing for witnesses after a series of break-ins to commercial vehicles at hotel car parks in Ipswich.
They took place over night between Tuesday 19 November and Wednesday 20 November.
At some point between 4pm and 9pm at the Best Western Hotel on Old London Road at Copdock a works van was broken into whilst parked in hotel car-park with around £4000 worth of tools stolen. 37/70491/19
At some point between 5.50pm and 7.15am at the Premier Inn on Hadleigh Road in Sproughton a van was entered via a drilled hole in rear sliding door and levered open. A high value works tools were stolen. 37/70585/19
At some point between 6pm and 7am at the Premier Inn on Hadleigh Road in Sproughton, a works van was entered by using a hammer to enable a high value tools to be stolen. 37/70592/19
At some point overnight at Claydon Country House Hotel on Ipswich Road in Claydon damage was caused to side door to gain entry and steal high value works tools. 37/70618/19
At some point between 6pm and 7.15am at the Travelodge Hotel on Norwich Road at Coddenham, suspects have damaged the side door of a works van by cutting at the metal near to the track and gained entry to steal tools from inside. 37/70664/19
While at some point between 8pm and 8am on 20 November to 21 November at the Premier Inn on Paper Mill Lane in Claydon, a suspect has caused a cut in the sliding door of a van to enable to gain entry but no items were stolen. 37/70683/19
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 thefts, saw any suspicious activity or knows who committed the thefts should contact police, quoting the relevant crime number.
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