We are advising van owners to be vigilant following a couple off vehicle break-ins yesterday
These were day time offences, 1 in Brighouse and 1 in Hipperholme. The vehicles were broken into (window smashed) whilst the owners were working at nearby premises and power tools / hand tools including tools bags were taken.
Enquiries are ongoing into these crimes and we believe that other vehicles may have been damaged / entered but these have not been reported to ourselves, as yet. If your vehicle has been targeted, please do report it, by ringing 101 or reporting on line at https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/report-it
We have also had reports for people out trying vehicle door handles in the early hours of the morning. Please be alert and if you see anything suspicious please report immediately, by calling 999 or if you are making a late report, please ring 101 or report on line
We know the inconvenience, disruption and financial hardship these types of thefts cause,
Victims not only losing the tools themselves, but also their means to earning a living - which is particularly difficult during these uncertain economic times.
There are steps that you can take to help protect your vehicle and your tools, so please make sure you are aware of our crime prevention advice."
The following advice is provided to assist you in reducing the opportunity for items of value from being stolen from your vehicle, some changes can be made free of charge and others will vary in cost depending on your vehicle and additional requirements:
- Never leave any items of value in your vehicle on leaving it unoccupied
- Do not leave items of value in the boot – some parcel shelves may not fit flush or may have dropped off centre after use, the smallest of gaps may provide an opportunity for an offender to see through
- Always remove sat-navs and their holders from the vehicle, and ensure that the sucker mark from the holder is wiped off the window
- Wherever feasible do not leave any work or business related equipment in your vehicle, especially when your vehicle is left unoccupied overnight – having such items stolen can have a serious impact on your livelihood
- If you regularly store work equipment in your vehicle overnight is there a more secure option at your place of business?
- Remove items of value from the glove box and leave it open to show that it is empty – this includes vehicle registration documentation
- If you are out shopping don’t return to the car to leave bags on your back seat and then return to the shops
- Ensure that windows and sunroofs are closed – never leave them open, and if you drive a convertible always close the soft top
- You may know that a bag or a box in your vehicle is empty or contains nothing of value, but an offender won't do and it may catch their attention
- You may want to consider additional security products depending on your vehicle – there are various solutions available to mark different parts on your vehicle, devices to assist in protecting catalytic convertors and tamper proof screws for number plates. Tamper proof number plates are also available depending on budget
- If you are looking to purchase additional physical security for your vehicle we would recommend that you try to purchase devices that are Thatcham quality assured or Sold Secure tested (www.thatcham.org) and/or www.soldsecure.com)
- It’s always worth contacting the manufacturer of your vehicle if you are looking for additional specific security devices for in built features such as sat-nav systems
- If you are parking your vehicle in a public place try to find a car park that has received ‘Park Mark’ accreditation – these sites have gone through a process to improve and sustain levels of security (www.parkmark.co.uk)
If any upgrades to security/modifications are made to your vehicle it is worth mentioning to your insurance company as you may qualify for a discount on your premium.
For further crime prevention advice, please take a look at the Force website https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/vehicle-crime/vehicle-crime
Message sent to all, as whilst the van breaks happened in Brighouse and Hipperholme, these types of crimes can happen anywhere