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Owners urged to review their security and remove tools and valuables from vehicles

We’re appealing to van drivers in North Somerset to remove tools and ensure their vehicles are secure overnight and at weekends.

It follows a series of break-ins across the area over the past three months. Areas where vans have been broken into are in: Nailsea; Long Ashton; Pill; Wraxall; and Backwell. In some cases vehicles were not locked.

Although the majority of incidents have targeted parked vans, cars have also been broken into.

Some vehicles have actually been broken into while parked on driveways to homes.

Vehicle owners are urged to review their security.  They are advised to fit an alarm if the car does not have one and also not to leave anything of value which can be seen from the outside. Consider locking it in the boot of the vehicle but ideally remove all items from the vehicle.

Similarly, owners of vans are advised not to leave expensive power tools in their vehicle overnight or at the weekend, when not at work. If they feel the need to leave items in the vehicles, then they should consider fitting specialist floor-mounted safes and secure storage boxes.

We would also advise security marking as well as taking photos of their tools and equipment.

We’d also urge members of the public to be vigilant and report anything suspicious.

General crime prevention advice is available from the following link:

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-advice/protecting-your-home-and-property/

Additionally further information is available from the Secured by Design website, which provides additional useful information and advice on security products and crime prevention projects.

Police enquiries into the incidents are continuing and officers are targeting the area with extra patrols. Anyone who has information on the burglary incidents is asked to call us.

 

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5218274398

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.