Vans are target for thieves

police jacketBy Democrat reporter

Police in West Dunbartonshire are reminding vehicle owners and especially owners and drivers of works vans to be vigilant and to make use of their vehicle’s security features after recent thefts in Dumbarton and Balloch.

The police say most vehicle crime is opportunistic and by taking some simple precautions it is possible to reduce the opportunities for thieves.


– Double check you’ve locked your vehicle.

– If you have a vehicle alarm, then make sure it’s set.

– Don’t leave any valuables or tools in vehicles and if you must then ensure they are not within view.

– Always lock all house doors and windows.

– Keep your vehicle keys out of sight and in a safe place. Don’t leave them lying next to a door or window.

Inspector Mo Boyle from West Dunbartonshire Community Policing Team said “A number of thefts from works vans have been reported in the past week. Officers are carrying out local inquiries.

“However, we are also appealing for the help of the public, both in terms of reporting suspicious activity and by taking some simple steps to help prevent their vehicle from being broken into.

“I would encourage everyone to be vigilant and to ensure that their vehicle is secure before leaving it unattended.

“Whenever possible, park in busy, well-lit areas which are covered by CCTV. Please make sure that valuable items are not on display and where possible are removed from the vehicle.

“For additional security information please visit the Keep Safe section of the Police Scotland website or contact your local police office for more information.”…/home-and-personal-…/secure-your-car

Anyone who has witnessed people acting suspiciously in the area or anyone who may have been offered stolen property for sale is encouraged to contact Police Scotland by calling 101 or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity is guaranteed.”

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