Warning to car and van owners to protect their property after spate of thefts

May 02 2017

DRIVERS in Thornbury and Alveston have been warned to protect their vehicles after a number were broken into recently.

DRIVERS in Thornbury and Alveston have been warned to protect their vehicles after a number were broken into recently.

Over a two-month period, officers received 16 reports of thefts or attempted thefts from cars and vans, with tools, loose change, a holdall of clothes, a dash cam and number plates among items taken. 

Some vehicles had their windows smashed but nothing was taken and one incident involved a car being broken into and the thieves making off empty-handed when the alarm sounded.

Most of the vehicles were in streets across Thornbury, with three broken into in Alveston and one in Milbury Heath. Some incidents happened overnight while one happened in broad daylight while the vehicle was unattended for less than 30 minutes. 

Neighbourhood PC Natalie Jones said: “It’s important to empty vehicles of valuables, lock then and set the alarm when left.

“I know it’s not always possible for van drivers to take everything out of their vehicle but ideally tools and equipment should be kept in a secure box or cage anchored inside the van.” 

PC Jones urged people to make tools and equipment identifiable to help deter thieves or reunite owners with their property if recovered. They can also be registered at www.immobilise.com 

Other means of protection include parking a van with the rear access doors against a wall or another vehicle.

Over a two-month period, officers received 16 reports of thefts or attempted thefts from cars and vans, with tools, loose change, a holdall of clothes, a dash cam and number plates among items taken. 

Some vehicles had their windows smashed but nothing was taken and one incident involved a car being broken into and the thieves making off empty-handed when the alarm sounded.

Most of the vehicles were in streets across Thornbury, with three broken into in Alveston and one in Milbury Heath. Some incidents happened overnight while one happened in broad daylight while the vehicle was unattended for less than 30 minutes. 

Neighbourhood PC Natalie Jones said: “It’s important to empty vehicles of valuables, lock then and set the alarm when left.

“I know it’s not always possible for van drivers to take everything out of their vehicle but ideally tools and equipment should be kept in a secure box or cage anchored inside the van.” 

PC Jones urged people to make tools and equipment identifiable to help deter thieves or reunite owners with their property if recovered. They can also be registered at www.immobilise.com 

Other means of protection include parking a van with the rear access doors against a wall or another vehicle.