Warning after thefts from vans

TWO vans parked in North Shields had items together worth more than £1,000 stolen from them.

The first theft occurred in Edwina Gardens between 11pm on Saturday, March 12, and 1am the following day.

Thieves stole £640 worth of copper piping from inside a plastic storage tube on the roof of the van.

Three thieves were seen making off on bicycles towards the Cannon pub.

Police officers called to the scene were able to recover £240 worth of property.

The second theft was carried out in Brookland Terrace between 3pm on Friday, March 11, and 4pm on Sunday, March 13.

Thieves stole two sat-navs, a drill and a camping battery booster, together valued at £570, from an unlocked van.

Inspector Geoff Cross, pictured, of North Shields neighbourhood policing team, said: “We want to remind people who carry tools and equipment for their trade in their vans to make sure they remove valuables from their vans when they park up and always lock their vehicles.

“We’re also appealing for witnesses to either theft to contact police if they saw or heard anything, or noticed anyone acting suspiciously.

“Neighbourhood officers are carrying out extra patrols in this area and will be continuing to make inquiries.

“I’d ask people to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police straight away, so we can take positive action.”

Any potential witnesses are asked to call police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Officers are now issuing security advice to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim:

• do not leave anything on display which could tempt a thief;

• always lock your vehicle, even if it is just for a few seconds;

• think about where you are parking it – look for busy, well-lit spots and secure parking facilities;

• fit a good alarm and warning stickers;

• fit anti-theft devices;

• do not leave sat nav sucker marks or power leads on display;

• report any suspicious activity to police.