Ashfield motorists warned to be on their guard

MOTORISTS across Ashfield are being urged to ensure their vehicles are secure and items are hidden from display after thieves struck 11 times in four days.

Vans and cars in Sutton and Kirkby were targeted between 28th July and 31st July.

In the first incident, tools and a petrol generator were stolen from van parked in Abbey Road, Kirkby, after offenders broke the lock to get inside.

Satellite navigation systems were also snatched from vehicles in Gresham Close and Fackley Road, in Sutton, and Chartwell Road, in Kirkby.

And in seven of the incidents, thieves smashed windows before searching inside.

Patrols have since been increased in the area.

Inspector Andy Clarke, neighbourhood policing inspector for Ashfield North, said: “These are opportunist thieves, stealing anything they can see inside. The public can help us to reduce crime by simply removing items from display.

“Officers are carrying out covert and overt patrols in response to the spate of thefts in the area and we are following up a number of lines of enquiry.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Insp Clarke on 0300 300 9999 ext 8063660 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.