Police update:

The following is a local policing update for the Rural Flegg Villages neighbourhood

Weekly crime summary 23 February 2016

Great Yarmouth Police are advising owners of vans and trucks to be aware of leaving tools in their vehicles overnight after three incidents of work vehicles being broken into in the Gorleston area.

All incidents have happened when the vehicles have been left overnight and it is clear thieves are targeting these vehicles to steal any tools they find within. Power tools and other items have been stolen.

Drivers are advised to take the following precautions:

· Ensure that your vehicle is always locked, alarmed and immobilised prior to leaving it. Double check that the lock has activated, don’t just rely on the fob.

· Always park your vehicle in a well-lit place or somewhere that is overlooked, preferably where there is CCTV coverage or where people will react if the vehicle alarm is activated.

· Power tools or other expensive items should never be left on display in any vehicle whilst it’s left unattended

· If possible do not leave any valuables in your vehicle overnight and display a notice on the vehicle to that effect.

There are also a number of other things you can do to prevent your tools being targeted.

· Clearly mark your tools with your postcode as it will make them less valuable to opportunist thieves and keep a record of the serial numbers.

· You could also take pictures of them should they need to be traced. Police do recover suspected stolen items and it is frustrating if we cannot prove that it is stolen and return it to the rightful owner.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously or a vehicle you are unfamiliar with in your street in the early hours of the morning please contact police on 101 or if you suspect a crime may be in progress please alert police immediately using 999.

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