WARNING: Thieves operating in Amber Valley may be using device to bypass vehicle locks

Owners and drivers of Ford Transit vans are being warned to be vigilant after a number of incidents in the Amber Valley where thieves have managed to get inside vehicles without forcing the locks.

Tuesday, 25th April 2017, 11:39 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:25 pm
Police have issued a warning to Transit van drivers in Amber Valley.

Police have received reports of tools and valuables being stolen from Ford Transit vans in the area, but where no damage has been done.

It is believed the offenders may have used a device on these vans to bypass the lock system.

PC Andy Swift, from one of the area’s Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, said: “We are aware of a method to bypass the lock systems of Ford Transit vans so we are advising drivers and owners to make sure they remove any tools or valuables when it’s parked up, especially overnight, and to set an alarm.

“If this isn’t possible then we would urge people to consider additional security such as deadlocks or Slamlocks independently of manufacturers to help reduce the risk of being targeted in this way.”

PC Swift added: “We’re working hard to investigate all incidents where vans have been targeted by thieves, and to find those responsible.

“Most tradespeople will be dependent on their van and tools to earn a living, and the time to restock these tools can be costly, frustrating and time consuming so we cannot stress enough how important it is to help reduce the risk of having them stolen.”

Anyone with any information about crime, or to report any suspicious activity in your area, call 101.

For more advice and information about crime prevention visit www.derbyshire.police.uk.