Babergh: Police push to prevent lorry load thefts this Christmas

Man to be charged with five offences at Ipswich Magistrate's Court

Man to be charged with five offences at Ipswich Magistrate's Court

Officers from Babergh have been raising awareness of lorry load thefts this month to help deter crime over the upcoming Christmas period.

This month officers have visited locations and distributed more than 50 crime reduction posters and more than 150 leaflets along the A12 and A14 at petrol stations, layby cafes, truck stops and a number of haulage companies.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Julia Bignell, from Babergh East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “With the upcoming Christmas period there will be a lot of lorries travelling through Suffolk with full loads.

“Whether one-off deliveries or regular distribution routes we want lorry drivers to be aware that taking a few simple precautions can help to reduce the chances of becoming a victim.”

Police are giving the following advice:

•Plan your route and avoid taking the same routes or stops for breaks;

•Park with loading doors close to another vehicle, building or wall;

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•If possible, alarm your trailer;

•Avoid talking about loads or routes with other drivers or customers;

•Keep your cab locked and keys with you;

•Avoid parking in laybys. Designated lorry parks offer CCTV and lighting.

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