THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLES
PROTECT YOUR TOOLS
For the period of 29/7/2015 and 4/8/2015 we have had an increase in Theft from Motor vehicles in the South Cambs area.
1 x Papworth Everard
2 x Orchard Park
5 x Bar Hill
1 x Guilden Morden
1 x Impington
Between 1700 hours on the 29/7/20015 and 0700 hours on the 30/7/2015 – Power tools were stolen from a Citroen Relay Tipper van parked in Varrier Jones Place, Papworth Everard.
Between 2330 hours on the 30/7/2015 and 0515 hours on the 31/7/2015 – A Mercedes Vito van had a driver’s side window smashed, but nothing was stolen. This was parked in Chieftain Way, Orchard Park.
Between 2230 hours on the 30/7/2015 and 0700 hours on the 31/7/2015 – a Vauxhall Mokka had a rear drivers windows smashed. Access was gained to the boot as the rear seats were down. Various items were stolen from inside including power tools. This was parked in Thompson Meadows, Guilden Morden.
Between 0830 hours and 1630 hours on the 1/8/2015 a Ford Transit on a 05 plate was broken into and gardening machinery was taken from inside. This was parked in Cambridge Road, Impington, while work was being carried out at a property in that road.
At around 1048 hours on the 2/8/2015 a deliver man in Stanley Avenue, Orchard Park, had his delivery van keys taken from him and his vehicle stolen. This was a 15 plate VW Transporter.
Between 1600 hours on the 3/8/2015 and 1100 hours on the 4/8/2015 registration plates were stolen from a mondeo parked in Meadow Way, Harston.
At 2200 hours on the 3/8/2015 – 2 offenders parked next to a flat bed transit van and attempted to break into the metal tool box on the vehicle. Attempts were unsuccessful. A witness saw 2 males in balaclavas and they made off in a mondeo (possibly green) which was on stolen mondeo plates starting PY05###. This was in Normandy Close, Comberton.
Between 2145 hours on the 3/8/2015 and 0520 hours on the 4/8/2015 a Vivaro Sportive panel van had the near side front window smashed. Various power tools were stolen from within. This was parked in Foxhollow, Barhill. Another vehicle was targeted in this road during the same times, this was a White Vivaro van and the front quarter light was smashed. Fortunately nothing was stolen.
Between 1600 hours on the 3/8/2015 and 0530 hours on the 4/8/2015 a Peugeot van had the off side rear lock forced. Nothing was stolen. This was parked in Pheasant Hill, Barhill. Another 2 vehicles parked in the same road were also targeted around the same time, these were a Vauxhall Vivaro van had a driver’s side quarter panel smashed, but nothing was stolen. A Ford Courer van had a lock forced by a screw driver, again nothing was stolen.
Between 1930 hours on the 4/8/2015 and 0700 hours on the 5/8/2015 a Ford Transit parked in an hotel car park in Ring Fort Road, Orchard Park, was broken into numerous IT Equipment was stolen from the vehicle.
Please look at your vehicle to see if you can improve security. Do not leave anything on display in your vehicles. If you have tools in your van and do not have the facility to remove these on an evening, think about having additional locks put on the rear and side doors. As well as the factory fitted alarms, look at an additional alarm system that can go in the rear of vehicle where you store your tools – (they do not have to be too expensive). If you have a driveway, look at installing a driveway alarm they cost from £35 upwards). This allows you to be alerted should anyone cross the beam when coming on to your drive. The beam is linked to a transponder which you put in your house and alerts you to an activation by a chime/alarm. Finally mark your tools with a property marking kit. Examples of these are cremark – www.creproducts.co.uk (£15) – Smartwater kits (£10 from the Police) www.smartwater.com. Alternatively paint your postcode and house number or business name on your equipment.
If you see anybody acting suspicious and believe a crime taking place please call 999. If you encounter anyone trying to sell you cheap power tools, generators or gardening equipment, please call 999. For non emergencies call 101.
You can call crimestoppers anonymously if you have any information regarding any crime on:- 0800 555 111
PCSO 7239 Leanne Fisher
South Cambs Business Watch Officer
Sawston Police Station, 4 Cambridge Road, Sawston, CB2 4DG