Police operation to tackle thefts from vans across west Northamptonshire

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A special operation has been launched to tackle criminals who break into work vans parked in hotel car parks, following a spate of thefts in the county.

Since the beginning of October, a total of 20 vans have been broken into while they have been parked at hotels in Daventry and south Northamptonshire.

The thieves have stolen both electric tools and hand tools and it is believed they may be targeting the south and west of the county because of its easy links to the M1 and A5.

To tackle the problem, extra police patrols will be carried out at hotels across the county and undercover work will be carried out to trace the criminals.

Sergeant Ben Lindley, who is leading the operation, said: “We know that thefts like this can cause real problems for businesses, not just in the cost of repairing vehicles and replacing tools, but in the disruption to their business.

“So we’re determined to clamp down on this problem and make it clear to these criminals that their activities will not be tolerated here.

“While we will carry out extra patrols at hotels across the county, I would urge van drivers to make sure they leave their vehicles secure when they park, park in well-lit areas and make sure no valuables are left on display.

“I would also urge all residents to report any suspicious activity they see in hotel car parks, particularly around vans.”

Anyone who spots people acting suspiciously around parked vans is asked to make a note of the peoples’ clothing and any vehicle they are using.

Reports can be made to the police by calling 101 or 999 in the event or an emergency.

Information can also be passed onto the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously by calling 0800 555111 or filling out their online form at: www.crimestoppers-uk.org.