White van men in Eastleigh have been advised to secure their vehicles after three white vans were reported stolen in a week, from the Eastleigh and Winchester areas.
Between 6pm on November 9 and 7.20am on November 10, a white Mercedes Sprinter van was stolen from an address in Wilmer Road, Eastleigh. The van contained a number of tools and pieces of machinery.
Between 11.15pm on November 11 and 1pm on November 12, a white Mercedes Sprinter van was stolen from Kipling Road, Eastleigh.
Just after 2.30am on November 14, a silver Mercedes Sprinter van was stolen from Hubert Road, in Winchester. The owner was woken by the sound of the engine starting and looked out of the window to see the van being driven away. The van contained several thousands of pounds worth of tools and machinery.
A number of enquiries are being carried out, and it is believed these incidents may be linked.
Companies and independent drivers are reminded that, where possible, it is advisable not to keep tools in vehicles overnight, or when the vehicle is unattended for extended periods of time.
Anyone who has any information about these thefts or suspicious activity around work vans should contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
photo: Thomas Doerfer