Increased patrols following spate of tool thefts from vans

We have increased patrols in the Calne and Chippenham areas following a spate of tool thefts from vehicles.

As well as targeted patrols, officers are also urging residents to remove valuables from vehicles overnight to help reduce their risk of falling victim to this type of crime.

Between 6pm on 4 November and 11.15am on 5 November, a white Ford Transit van was broken into in Greenway Lane, Chippenham, and five power tools were stolen.

Between 10.30pm on 7 November and 7.30am on 8 November, a Citroen Van was broken into in Field View and a quantity of work tools were stolen.

Bteween 5pm on 7 November and 7.15am on 8 November, a white Ford Transit van in Blackcross was broken into and a Makita drill in a green box with another combi impact drill was stolen. Anotehr white Ford Transit van in the same street was also broken into and two Bosch drills were stolen.

Overnight between 7 and 8 November, a vehicle in Charter Road was broken into and a bag of tools stolen.

Between 4pm and 9pm on 10 November, a white Ford van which was parked in a residential car park in Seagry Road was pushed away from a wall and tools were stolen from inside.

Between 3.15pm on 10 November and 6.30am on 13 November, a catalytic converter was removed from a silver Honda Accord on Eastern Avenue.

At 11am on 14 November – a Bosch drill, Makita drill and impact driver, and a Mega Tester testing kit were stolen from a silver Peugeot Expert in Southmead. Two males were seen running from the vehicle and then got into a white van and drove off.

In Calne, between 2.30pm on 3 November and midday on 4 November, builders tools were stolen from a van parked in Wren Court.

Various tools were stolen from a vehicle parked in Dace Road between 7 and 8 November, including a Husqvarna disc cutter, angle grinder, Makita radio and Makita drill.

A Dewalt cordless chop-saw, cordless Makita drill and Makita drill driver/jigsaw were stolen from a vehicle in Shelburne Road between 3.30pm on 7 November and 8am on 8 November.

Between 6pm on 7 November and 7am on 8 November, a vehicle parked in Wessington Park was broken into and various tools stolen including Makita router, Makita hoover, Makita jigsaw, Makita circular saw and cordless drills.

And overnight between 7 and 8 November, various Makita tools were stolen from a vehicle in Newcroft Close.

Community coordinator PC Hazel Anderson said: “We are keeping an open mind as to whether all of these incidents are linked and will be conducting enquiries to find those responsible.

“We understand that many of those people affected will be self-employed local business people who will no doubt have been hit hard by these incidents.

“Officers are increasing patrols in areas affected and the Proactive Policing Team will be out and about over the coming days in a bid to reduce crime of this nature in our communities and provide reassurance to our communities.

“We would continue to urge people to try and remove their valuables from their vehicles when they are left unattended. We would also encourage anyone with information on any of these incidents to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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