White van men in theft warning

Mercedes Benz Sprinter

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

  3 comments for “White van men in theft warning

  1. November 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

    The increase in theft can be deterred through basic measures. Dont leave ‘items’ on show. Remove valuable items. This is where people usually come unstuck, particulary those who use a van or estate car to carry round thier tools. After arriving late at home after a long day, sometimes its the last thing on a persons mind to remove and store tools and or plant. If you are employed, check your terms and conditions to see if you are liable for theft from the the company supplied van/car.

    One good method of stopping plant and tools from dissapearing is to chain them together with a hardened steel chain, utilising a close shackle padlock. Securing the rear doors from the inside is another method I know some use to good effect.

    Imobilising the vehcile is the best way to stop it being driven away either through a factory fitted unit or one purchased and fitted. GPS units are coming down in price are also worth considering. Parking where you can see and hear the vehcile perhaps with the use of a CCTV camera with infra red night vision does not cost that much as it use to.

    If parked on a drive, the use of collaspable and lockable bollards are a great investment.

    We’ll never stop theft completly, but making it hard and difficult will deter those looking for easy pickings. Thats what I use to tell people in my thirty years in the security industry. Hope this helps.

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Good advice John.
    My Transit used to be filled with Band gear and I would pass a long steel cable through all the speaker handles and take the rotor arm out of the distributor.

  3. Peter Stewart
    November 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Is it any coincidence that both vans were Mercedes Sprinters?

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