Po­lice find more than 300 stolen power tools

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

LE­ICES­TER­SHIRE Po­lice are hop­ing to re­unite 300 stolen power tools with their right­ful owner.

The items were re­cov­ered from ad­dresses in the Golf Course Lane and Eve­lyn Drive area of Le­ices­ter, on July 6.

Po­lice be­lieve they were stolen in the area over a con­sid­er­able pe­riod of time.

Power drills, bolt crop­pers, gen­er­a­tors and jet wash­ers were among the items re­cov­ered.

Most of the tools were stolen from vans and build­ing sites, ac­cord­ing to de­tec­tive chief in­spec­tor Chris Baker, from the neigh­bour­hood in­ves­ti­ga­tions team.

Po­ten­tial own­ers of prop­erty can at­tend view­ing events at the po­lice head­quar­ters in En­derby.

At­ten­dees must bring re­ceipts, a crime num­ber, and doc­u­ments to prove ownership and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, such as as a pass­port or driv­ing li­cence.

DCI Baker said: “In the last three months, we have seen an in­crease in the num­ber of thefts from van in­ci­dents re­ported to us, tools have been stolen cost­ing vic­tims thou­sands of pounds to re­place.

“These in­ci­dents have a knock-on ef­fect on peo­ple’s liveli­hoods and we take these crimes ex­tremely se­ri­ously.

“We cur­rently have an op­er­a­tion on­go­ing to ed­u­cate peo­ple on how they can re­duce their chances of be­ing a vic­tim, lo­cate those re­spon­si­ble for such crimes and to en­sure peo- ple re­port if been a vic­tim.”

Eight peo­ple were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of theft of­fences in July, who were then re­leased from cus­tody pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

DCI Baker added: “We would ask peo­ple think about the se­cu­rity of their valu­ables and en­sure their ve­hi­cles are locked and parked in a way which would make ac­cess for po­ten­tial thieves dif­fi­cult.

“We’d like to stress the im­por­tance of keep­ing ve­hi­cles and con­tents se­cure, whether you park them at home or in a pub­lic place.”

Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice is run­ning ini­tia­tives to re­duce ve­hi­cle crime, with ad­di­tional of­fi­cers pa­trolling hotspots and post­ing they have leaflets in pub­lic such as ho­tels.

The prop­erty view­ing events are hap­pen­ing on Satur­day Septem­ber 16, from 10am to 4pm, and on Sun­day Septem­ber 17, from 10am to 3pm.

Any po­ten­tial own­ers un­able to at­tend are en­cour­aged to con­tact 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent 417 of Septem­ber 7, and to ar­eas, pro­vide their de­tails so of­fi­cers can ar­range a con­ve­nient time to ver­ify their items.

Any­one who isn’t able to at­tend the event is en­cour­aged to con­tact 101, quote in­ci­dent 417 of 7 Septem­ber and pro­vide their de­tails so of­fi­cers can con­tact them to ar­range a con­ve­nient time to ver­ify their items.

Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice are hop­ing to re­unite a haul of stolen power tools with their own­ers.

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