South Leicester Police – Van breaks – Appeal and Prevention advice (Leicestershire Police)

Dear South Leicester Resident,

You are receiving the below appeal and important crime prevention message as a resident on the South Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area.

Officers are appealing for information after a number of vans broken into
A report was received that a number of vans had been broken into in the car park of Holiday Inn Express, Raw Dykes Road, Leicester between 19:00 and 20:00 on Tuesday 8th March. A large number of tools were taken from multiple vehicles.

When officers arrived, the suspects had already left the scene. It is believed that the suspects left the area in a Silver Audi A4. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any further information they believe could assist enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 or via, quoting crime reference number 22*135737.
With the above appeal, we would like to offer further advice regarding keeping your property as safe as you possibly can.

Vans are often targeted by thieves for the tools stored inside. If you have to leave tools in a van overnight, it’s a good idea to mark them clearly with your name / company name and address using paint pens and seal with a clear lacquer spray. Alternatively, you can use a variety of other property marking systems. Items that are clearly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on.

Consider using a lockable cabinet within your van to store tools – a number of security rated products are available. You can visit Secured by Design for more details.

You could also consider taking photographs of items of value, make a note of the serial numbers and consider registering them online at a property register site, such as ‘Immobilise’. It may not stop valuables from being taken but it could greatly increase the chances of having lost or stolen items returned to you. It’s nationally recognised & completely FREE. Its not just for tools either. You can read more about ‘Immobilise’ at the following link:

Kind regards,