[P]olice are currently investigating a spate of thefts from motor vehicles in the Maryport area.
Over the weekend police have received nine reports of vans in Maryport being broken into and power tools stolen from within.
The incidents occurred to Ford Transit vans at the following addresses:
- Ennerdale Road
- Peart Road
- Windermere Road
- Crosby Street
- Two vans on Kirkby Street
- Coronation Street
- Ewanrigg Road
- The Promenade
Thousands of pounds worth of power tools and equipment have been stolen and police urging owners of vans to think about their security processes.
Inspector Charlotte Lory said: “The value of the items stolen run into the thousands and we are actively making enquiries into tracing who is responsible.
“Our advice to van owners is to ensure that you are doing everything you can to protect your property. Clearly these offenders are targeting work vans as many contain expensive items.
“There are a number of ways in which you can protect yourself including a simple change to how you park your van. Don’t park your van where a thief can gain easy access to it without being disturbed, parking with the doors near to a wall or gate if possible to prevent the doors being opened. Also, where possible, try parking under street lights so offenders can easily be seen.
“Thieves are often opportunists so please ensure you lock doors and don’t leave valuable possessions in sight. Ideally remove property from the vehicle where possible. Following this up by using stickers to state that your van is empty is worth considering.”
Anyone with information on the thefts or who noticed anything suspicious in the area is asked to call police on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.