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Increase in vehicle crime in Rutland

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Rutland has seen an increase in vehicle crime in recent weeks with thefts from vans and cars.

An incident included £4,000 worth of tools being stolen from a van in Bartles Hollow, Ketton.

The locked rear door of the vehicle was forced open and items were taken overnight between November 7 and 8.

Police arrest (stock photo)
Police arrest (stock photo)

Anyone with information on the incident should contact Leicestershire Police on 101 quoting 21*000650059.

Sgt Paul Kear of Rutland Police has issued a warning to people in the county.

He said: "Obviously we are just off the A1 corridor, this can mean thefts of tools from vans which we address specifically in our ongoing operation.

"The object of the operation is to prevent and stop the attraction for thieves.

"People who may not have been victims of crime before may be leaving their van unattended and ill-protected.

"However, we have some quite sophisticated criminals entering the region, who are not necessarily from the area, who are looking for opportunities to relieve hard working people of their valuables from the backs of vans."

Sgt Kear advises people to consider installing CCTV covering where their vehicle is parked as well as a robust safe for those who are required to leave valuable items, such as tools, in their van.

People are also urged to consider how they are parking on their driveway in order to make their vehicle less accessible to criminals.

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