Thirsk police are warning van owners and trades people to be vigilant when it comes to vehicle security.
The warning comes following a spate of thefts in the Thirsk and Sowerby where valuable tools have been stolen from a number of vehicles in the area.
Overnight between Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 September 2014, seven vehicles were broken in to in Thirsk, Sowerby and Carlton Miniott. They were mainly buildersâ€™ vehicles with the thieves stealing tools from inside the vans.
Police are urging people to always remove their valuables from vehicles at night.
PC Paul Southgate of North Yorkshire Police said: â€œItâ€™s really important that vehicle owners are vigilant when it comes to the security of the tools of their trade. Please donâ€™t ever leave any valuable items in your car overnight. It may seem an inconvenience to remove them following a long day at work, but unless you have a secure garage where you can lock up your vehicles, you risk being the victim of opportunist thieves who are on the lookout for easy targets.â€
The thefts happened in Danum Avenue, Masonic Lane, Ripon Way, Cocked Hat Park, Admirals Court and Back Lane/Sandholme Lane.
If you saw any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area last night, please contact the police 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Paul Southgate. Or email [email protected]
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Please quote reference number 12140155758 when passing on information.
Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. If at all possible, leave nothing on view.