Officers from the Darley Safer Neighbourhood Team in Derby are giving people the chance to have tools and equipment security marked for free at an event in Derby this Saturday afternoon.
The event is being held between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, June 18 at Darley Abbey Village Hall, Darley Abbey, Derby.
Van owners in the city are particularly encouraged to attend as a spate of theft from vans continues. Over the last month there have been 60 thefts from vans in the Derby area that have mainly been parked up overnight.
Detective Inspector Sarah McAughtrie, who is in charge of the Volume Crime Unit in Derby, said: “We have been working hard across the Derby area to catch those responsible for the thefts from vans as we realise how costly and inconvenient it is for those who become victims of this crime. Extra targeted patrols, both overt and covert have been deployed.
“We would also ask owners of vans to seriously consider having tools that are kept in vans security marked. What we have found in the past is that when we have caught suspects we find ourselves in the frustrating position of not being able to positively identify the property we recover as stolen. This means the property can’t be returned to the owner and sometimes we’re not in the position of not being able to prove a theft.
“Officers will be available at this event to offer free security marking and other crime prevention advice and so would encourage as many van owners as possible to take advantage of this opportunity as well, of course as anybody else that would like equipment security marked.
Attached above is a leaflet which gives van owners some basic crime prevention advice.
For more information contact the your Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our websitehere.