VAN owners in Mansfield Woodhouse are urged to be on their guard after a spate of fuel thefts from vehicles parked outside homes.
Locks were broken off the fuel caps of 13 vans over the weekend and fuel was siphoned from them as they were parked outside homes.
Most of the incidents happened in the Leeming area and police believe the thefts may have been carried out by the same offender.
Insp Mark Webster said: “Consider whether you even need to park your van outside your home – could you leave it in a safe and secure compound at your place of work?
“Also, it would be advisable to consider fitting good quality locking caps to your fuel caps and think about fitting an alarm to your vehicle.
“I also urge people to make their neighbours aware of the issue to ensure everyone is doing what they can to make it as difficult as possible for thieves intent on stealing your petrol or diesel.”
Several cars have also been broken into over the weekend in the area and police are reminding motorists to ensure nothing is left on show and that their vehicles are secure.
Anyone with information should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.