THERE has been a spate of thefts from vehicles and outbuildings in the Lyme Regis area during the first three months of 2018.
A number of incidents of tools and work equipment being stolen from parked cars and vans or from garages have been reported to the police since January, as well as reports of suspicious vehicles in the area.
The first occurred overnight on Friday, January 19 from a work van parked in King’s Way, Lyme Regis, when several power tools including Dewalt and Bosch drills and a Makita angle grinder were stolen (incident number 55180010161) . On the same night access was gained to another work van in the same road but the van was empty and nothing was taken (55180010239).
Sometime between Friday, Jan 19 and Friday, January 26 a garage of a residence in Woodberry Down Way, Lyme Regis, was broken into. Two drills with hand chargers and other hands tools and boxes of screws were stolen. No forced entry occurred as the garage was open at the time of the incident (55180013555).
Tools were stolen from a white-coloured Mercedes Sprinter Van parked in Axminster Road, Charmouth, between 1pm and 2pm on Monday, February 6. The van was unattended at the time of the theft while the owner of the vehicle was taking equipment to a nearby property. One steel stone grinder, one normal grinder and three nail guns were stolen (55180018910).
A Vauxhall Vivaro van parked in Sidmouth Road, Lyme Regis, was targeted at approximately 1pm on Wednesday, February 14. Tools stolen included a Mikita 12v Battery Drill, Mikita 240v Jigsaw, Macel 24v Circular Saw and Guide Rail and a Worx 240v Grinder. The offender stole the items from the van and drove away in a dark red or burgundy coloured car (55180023804).
On Wednesday, February 21 between 10am and 4.30pm, a white-coloured Mercedes Sprinter van also parked on a driveway in Sidmouth Road, Lyme Regis, was targeted and tools were stolen (55180028287).
Police have offered the following crime prevention tips following this spate of thefts:
- If practical remove valuable items from your van and store them securely overnight or when your van is not going to be used for some time.
- Fit an alarm or immobiliser or wireless motion sensor. Alarms can come with battery-operated receivers that can alert you when you are on site or in bed, or with sirens that alert people in the vicinity. Remember to switch the alarm on when leaving the vehicle.
- Consider using an internal cage for your most valuable tools, such as power tools, in conjunction with an alarm.
- Park in a well lit area and keep access to doors as restricted as possible.
- Add signs or stickers to the van stating that the van is alarmed or emptied overnight. Signs can be downloaded and printed from the Dorset police website – www.dorset.police.uk
- Mark valuables with your postcode or Smartwater or Selecta DNA can also be used.
- Mark them with a gaudy coloured spray paint. This will make them easily identifiable and less attractive to thieves as they will be more difficult to sell on and they will be easily identifiable.
Police have also appealed for information of a suspicious car pulling into the driveway of a house in West Hill Road, Lyme Regis, on Friday, February 9 at approximately 9pm. A silver-coloured Citreon Picasso with black stripes across the bonnet and roof entered the drive but when the resident of the property approached the car it immediately started reversing, and a second occupant of the vehicle shone a torch in the resident’s face.
The driver of the vehicle had a northern accent, aged in his mid 30s and a full face. Witnesses to this incident or who may have any information are urged to contact police on the non-emergency 101 number quoting I09:0450.
Other recent crime incidents in the Lyme Regis area include damage to a vehicle caused between 10.45am and 12noon on Tuesday, March 6, when a black-coloured Mini Cooper parked at Stonebarrow National Trust Car Park in Stonebarrow Lane, Charmouth, had its rear window smashed. The bodywork of the car was also damaged.
Nothing was stolen from the vehicle as there was nothing in the boot at the time of the incident (55180034808).
Jewellery was stolen in a house burglary in Sherborne Lane, Lyme Regis, sometime between 11am on Tuesday, February 27 and 6pm on Saturday, March 3. Entry to the property was gained by forcing open a patio door (55180032790).
Heating oil was stolen from a tank in the grounds of Marshwood Primary School, near Lyme Regis, between 12noon on Wednesday, February 28 and 7.30am on Monday, March 5 (55180033385).
If you have information regarding any of the crimes, contact Dorset Police on the non-emergency 101 number quoting the relevant occurrence number. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555 111. You can also report information online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/