Spate of van break-ins locally

Witnesses are being sought by Sussex Police after reports of 11 van break-ins in Crowborough, Uckfield and the surrounding villages.

The incidents took place between 12th and 31st July and most are believed to have occurred overnight between 4.30pm and 9am the following Sussex Police Badgemorning.

The break-ins that have been reported in Crowborough area were at Forest Dene, St John’s Road, Queens Road, Fermor Way, Whitehill Road and Woodside, and one theft at Hornhurst Road in Rotherfield.

Large quantities of power tools, a small amount of cash and a set of golf clubs were stolen from the vehicles.

Mrs Heir told CrowboroughLife about the break-in on Fermor Way on 21st July:

It happened Friday eve but we didn’t notice until Saturday afternoon. It was a Mitsubishi and fully alarmed. They got into every door and took £1000s worth of tools. Alarm must of been overridden, as it was definitely locked, but alarm did not go off.  It was parked by the Herne Road Allotments.  Power tools including a DeWalt Nail Gun, drills, battery packs etc were taken and even hand tools.  They left us with nothing.

Police were notified but they closed the case more or less straight away!  They told us ask if anyone had CCTV and check second hand shops.  They said they could not take forensics due to the extent of rain we had had.

If you are aware of any suspicious behaviour regarding vehicle break-ins, please report it online quoting reference 1111 of 15/07.

Security advice

  • It is always best to remove tools and other items of property from your van overnight and store them somewhere safe.  If this isn’t possible, a lockable cage fitted to the inside of your van can provide an extra layer of security and/or protect your vehicle with a good alarm.
  • Keep your van keys safe while working and never leave them in your van.
  • Security mark all tools and equipment and place a sticker in your van window to say you have done so.
  • Vehicles should ideally be parked in a well-lit area overnight, in view of your own or neighbours houses.
  • Keep a list of your tools and equipment, along with serial numbers and any identifying marks – you can do this for free at www.immobilise.com.
  • Never buy cheap, second hand tools from unknown sources as they may be stolen – if an item being offered seems too good to be true, report it to police via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

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