Van driver? Be on your guard after break-ins and tool thefts at car park in Bristol

Van driver? Be on your guard after break-ins and tool thefts at car park in Bristol

We are warning van drivers to be a cautious after a number of break-ins at the car park in Ikea, Bristol.

Since the middle of July, there have been four reported break-ins from the car park with tools including drills, jigsaws, radios and lasers stolen. The most recent incident was on Saturday September 8, at around 11.30am with around £4000 worth of tools stolen.

The offences have all occurred between 10am and 1pm and the offenders have either drilled a lock, forced rear doors or used a cloning device to gain entry to the vehicles.

PCSO Charlotte Thompson said: “We have a really good relationship with the security staff at Ikea and we are working alongside them to tackle this issue. We have asked them to increase their patrols of the car park and have made further recommendations, including cutting back bushes to improve visibility as well as putting out crime prevention information and warning posters.

“We’re advising van owners to security mark all their tools and ideally, remove valuables from their vans when they’re left unattended. If you’re using this car-park, try and park in a well-lit area and if you have a rear-access only van, park up against a wall to make it harder for opportunist thieves.

“Ideally, I would suggest that someone stays with the van whilst it is parked in the car park, but realise that this isn’t always possible as many people work on their own.

“If you see anything suspicious in this car-park, or have any information about these thefts, please report it via our website, or call 101 using the reference number for the latest incident which is 5218201652.”