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Arrests following recent thefts from vans in Bracknell

Alert message sent 16/05/2019 12:37:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Late evening on Tuesday 14 May tools were stolen from a number of tradesmen’s vans in the Whitegrove estate area of Bracknell.
Due to a prompt call from one victim, police were able to locate and arrest 2 adult men and a male juvenile at 23.45hrs in Shakespeare Way. Both the adult men have since been charged with offences of theft and going equipped to steal, and remanded in custody until they appear in court on 16 May.  
Various tools were located dumped in bushes on the estate and police are endeavouring to identify their owners.
If you either own a van that was broken into and you have not yet reported the matter or believe you may have witnessed offenders attacking any of the other vans, or if you have have security CCTV recording of the offenders,  from your home or vehicle “Dash cam”  you are asked to contact the Thames Valley Police 24 hour contact centre on 101 quoting crime ref 43190144914.
Advice to help keep your vehicle safe.
If you are a tradesman that needs to leave your van parked and unattended on the roadside, the best way to protect your tools would be to remove them and stored them in your home or garage.
However this is often not practical, so you should ensure they are not left on view within your vehicle, preferably stored within strong secure and locked tool boxes that are secured to the interior of the van.
Your van doors should be fitted with additional strong deadlocks, unfortunately it is too easy for offenders to acquire lock picking “Tibbee” type keys.
Your van should also be fitted with an intruder alarm that protects the interior space (factory fitted alarm systems generally only activate if an attempt is made to start the engine).
Also consider installing a dash cam that would capture images of anyone approaching your van.
For more advice on how to keep your vehicle safe, visit the Thames Valley Police website.
Please feel free to share this information with friends and neighbours.
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Jon Morris (Police, Administrator, Bracknell)

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