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Series of thefts from transit vans in Lowestoft area prompts police appeal

PUBLISHED: 17:35 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:35 23 November 2017

Police are appealing after multiple thefts from vans in the Lowestoft area. Photo: PA Wire.

Police are appealing after multiple thefts from vans in the Lowestoft area. Photo: PA Wire.

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Suffolk Police are appealing for witnesses following a spate of thefts from transit vans in the Lowestoft area.

There were at least seven recorded offences overnight from Wednesday, November 22 into Thursday, November 23.

Details of the incidents are as follows:

• At the junction of Hervey Street and Selby Street, Lowestoft – sometime between 5:30pm and 11:20pm.

• Rectory Road, Lowestoft – at some point between 6pm and 5:30am

• St Peters Road, Lowestoft – at some point between 6pm and 7am

• Wellington Road, Lowestoft – at some point between 6pm and 9am

• Nelson Road, Pakefield – sometime between 7pm and 5:30am

• Two incidents in Beaconsfield Road, Lowestoft – at some point between 9pm and 6:30am

Numerous power tools including branded drills, angle grinders, saws, breaker guns and jigsaws have been stolen and police are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in these areas overnight to come forward.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have noticed any unusual activity or suspicious vehicles in these areas over the past week. Anyone with information is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101.

If you are offered tools in suspicious circumstances, please do not buy them and let police know immediately by calling 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police are also reminding drivers not to leave valuable items in vehicles and advise van owners to consider the following measures to reduce the risk of being a victim of crime:

• Always lock all doors & shut windows, physically checking van doors are locked.

• Do not leave any items on display.

• Park in a garage or secure area where possible.

• Remove tools from the van if possible.

• Consider upgrading locks/fitting additional protection.

• Mark all tools (with a forensic marking solution if possible)

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