Thieves have been targeting vehicles across Cheltenham including vans containing tools.
In a series of incidents across the town, nine vehicles have been broken into with a number of different items including cash, coats, power tools and antiques being stolen.
Although it is not thought these incidents are linked some have occurred within close proximity to one another.
List of incidents from Gloucestershire Constabulary
- Overnight of the 5th 6th Feb. An insecure car parked in Swindon Street was entered and searched with a small amount of cash being stolen. Incident number: 61 06-02-2020 Town Centre
- Between 6.30pm 4th Feb & 8.30am 5th Feb. The catalytic converter was cut from a Honda Jazz car in Lansdown Road. Incident number: 400 06-02-2020 Lansdown
- Reported at 11.55am on 7th Feb that within the last 20 mins a van in Asda Car Park, Up Hatherley had been entered by unknown means with a large quantity of both hand and power tools being stolen. Incident number: 128 07-02-2020 Up Hatherley
- Between 11.40am – 11.50am 7th Feb. A transit van in the car park of B&Q Benhall was entered by unknown means with power and hand tools being stolen. Incident number: 201 07-02-2020 Benhall.
- Overnight of the 7th 8th Feb. A car in Leckhampton Road close to Langdon Road was entered via unknown means and searched. Stolen was a sat nav unit and cradle. Incident number: 112 08-02-2020 Leckhampton.
- Between 12 midday & 4.30pm 9th February an insecure car in Cleeve View Road was entered and searched. Stolen were a small antique wooden batten, sun glasses and car manual. Incident number: 465 09-02-2020 Fairview.
- Overnight of the 8th 9th February, the front passenger window of a car parked and unattended in Pittville Circus Road was smashed with a pair Nike football boots and cash being stolen. Incident number: 491 09-02-2020 Whaddon
- Overnight of the 8th 9th February, a car in Albert Place close to Prestbury Road was entered via unknown means and searched. Stolen were two coats and a small amount of cash. Incident number: 607 09-02-2020 Whaddon.
- Reported at 11.15am on 10th February that since 8th February a car parked in the car park of the Prince of Wales Stadium, Tommy Taylors Lane was entered by smashing the rear passenger window. Vehicle searched but nothing reported stolen at this time. Incident number: 139 10-02-2020 St Pauls.
Anyone with any information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Due to an increase in van break-ins in the Hesters Way area the local police team have a number of stickers available to attach to your van as a preventative measure.
Following an increase in van vehicle breaks Hesters Way Reception have a limited stock of free stickers shown in the picture. Feel free to come to the station and get a free sticker when you sign up to community alerts for direct info on latest crimes. #cheltpolice #team2 pic.twitter.com/y8HEBFNEIR— Cheltenham Police (@CheltPolice) February 11, 2020
Advice to vehicle owners
- Always ensure your vehicle is locked
- Park your vehicle in a well-lit area
- A range of lock boxes are available for all types of vans so that tools can be secured.
For more information please contact the local Neighbourhood watch Office on 01452754630