Security warning follows spate of thefts

Police in Essex are advising van drivers to be more security-conscious following a spate of overnight break-ins.

Building equipment and car stereos were taken from seven vehicles in Colchester during a fortnight last month.

Officers have since advised van users to remove all valuables and keep vehicles locked overnight.

Colin Stiff, Crime Reduction Officer said: “It can be very easy to jump out of your van and not think carefully about security, particularly at the end of a long day.

“However, it’s absolutely vital that you check and double-check. It could make the difference between your vehicle being broken into or not.”

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“To make sure your tools are secure, you can bolt either a secure cage or box to the base of the van which should be secured with a sturdy close shackled type of padlock, to reduce and deter further incidents.”

If you would like further information on preventing criminals from targeting your vehicle, contact the Crime Reduction Officer at Colchester 01206 717624.

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