Spate of overnight thefts from vans in Welwyn Garden City prompts police warning

PUBLISHED: 18:07 13 February 2019 | UPDATED: 18:07 13 February 2019

Welwyn Hatfield North Neighbourhood Sergeant Ian Smith has issued a warning about van break-ins.

Welwyn Hatfield North Neighbourhood Sergeant Ian Smith has issued a warning about van break-ins.

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Welwyn Garden City residents have been urged not to leave valuables in vehicles after a spate of overnight thefts from vans.

Power tools and a kit bag were among the items stolen in four thefts from vans overnight from Monday to Tuesday, while another van was unsuccessfully targeted with a crowbar.

Police say offenders smashed the side windows of a van in Woodhall Court between 12.50am and 12.55am and stole two Dewalt drills from a toolbox inside the van, before leaving in a dark coloured Audi.

The same night, offenders used a crowbar to attempt to force open the passenger side sliding door of van in Homestead Lane before leaving empty handed in what was described as a grey Audi estate car.

Elsewhere, three males broke into a Ford Transit van in Guessens Road between 12.30am and 12.45am,

In Parkway, the back door of a van was forced open before property was taken from inside, while in Ludwick Way the side passenger window of a blue Skoda was smashed and a kit bag stolen from the back seat.

Welwyn Hatfield North Neighbourhood Sergeant Ian Smith said: “The offenders are believed to have been using a dark coloured 64 registration Audi saloon, possibly an A5 or A6.

“Please keep an eye out for a similar vehicle acting suspiciously in your area, and call 999 immediately if a crime is being committed, or you suspect a crime is about to be committed. Always call police, do not approach these offenders yourselves.”

Van owners are urged to park their vehicles in well-lit areas, make access to them as difficult as possible - such as parking with the rear and side doors against a wall - and to always remove tools and any valuables from the van at night.

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