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Thousands of pounds of tools stolen from vans in Grantham crime spree




Thousands of pounds worth of tools have been stolen following a spate of thefts from vans in Grantham on Monday night.

Two vans were broken into in Rushcliffe Road while vans in Lime Grove, Sandcliffe Road, Belton Lane and Park Road were also targeted.

Police have linked all of the incidents together.

Thieves broke into a work van on Sunningdale in the early hours of Tuesday morning. (22089008)
Thieves broke into a work van on Sunningdale in the early hours of Tuesday morning. (22089008)

Around £5,000 worth of tools were stolen from a van in Sunningdale in the early hours of yesterday morning (Tuesday).

Owner Ryan Whitcombe was devastated to discover his tools had been taken.

He said: "Three people in either a car or a van pulled up a few doors down from our house on Sunningdale at 1am and decided to rip my van open like a tin can. They got away with near on £3,000 worth of Makita battery tools, laser levels and a Gesipa battery riveter."

Thieves broke into a work van on Sunningdale in the early hours of Tuesday morning. (22089032)
Thieves broke into a work van on Sunningdale in the early hours of Tuesday morning. (22089032)

Ryan's fiancée Mhairi Henderson added: "I can’t even put into words how angry I am that people can do this. We work hard for what we have for it to be stolen right under us while we sleep."

The incident was caught on the couples CCTV camera footage and passed to the police.

Thieves broke into a work van on Sunningdale in the early hours of Tuesday morning. (22089000)
Thieves broke into a work van on Sunningdale in the early hours of Tuesday morning. (22089000)

Police are warning van owners to be vigilant following the spate of break-ins.

Sally Picker, crime reduction tactical advisor for Lincolnshire Police, said: “Vans are often targeted by opportunistic thieves who are looking for valuable tools. We appreciate that it is often difficult to remove all tools when the van is left overnight, although this is obviously the ideal. If you see anyone acting suspiciously, witness a crime or are offered goods under suspicious circumstances then please call us on 101.”

Thieves broke into a work van on Sunningdale in the early hours of Tuesday morning. (22089020)
Thieves broke into a work van on Sunningdale in the early hours of Tuesday morning. (22089020)

Here are a few simple tips to help secure your van and its contents:

- Consider fitting a tool safe and secure it with good quality locks

- It may sound obvious, but ensure the van is locked and windows shut whenever it is left unattended

- Keep all possessions out of sight – don’t leave jackets, sat navs etc on show

- Try to park your van close to a building or hedge to restrict access.

- Whenever possible park in an area that is covered by CCTV

- If your van is older, consider fitting new locks that are more difficult to compromise – it is not as expensive as you might think

- Fit an alarm – there are various alarms on the market but we recommend products that are Thatcham/Secured by Design accredited.However, a small stand-alone PIR shed type alarm with texting/calling facility or personal attack alarm when triggered can be very loud, act as a deterrent and let you know that your vehicle has been entered.

- Mark the items of property/tools that are stored in the van.Ideally mark them overtly with paint pens and then seal down with a clear lacquer spray.Mark property with the name of your company, the postcode, house or building number or name.Items that are overtly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on.

- Take photographs of items of value, make a note of serial numbers and consider registering with the free site immobilise.com

If you see anything suspicious please call 101 and if you witness a crime in progress call 999.

If you have any information about van crime you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 – no personal details are taken, information cannot be traced and you will not go to court.

For more information contact your local crime reduction tactical advisor by emailing sally.picker@lincs.pnn.police.uk or ring 07867936487.

Thieves broke into a work van on Sunningdale in the early hours of Tuesday morning. (22089018)
Thieves broke into a work van on Sunningdale in the early hours of Tuesday morning. (22089018)

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