POLICE are warning people in rural areas to ensure their properties are secure following an increase in thefts.
Several people along the A515 corridor running from Sudbury to Yoxall have been targeted by thieves who have taken Landrovers or parts from the vehicles.
Officers are now urging people living in this area to make sure they double lock their gates and ensure security equipment is in full working order, in a bid to combat these crimes.
Sergeant Bob Champeau said: “It’s obviously people who are selling the parts that are stolen, so they are stealing them to order or building a stock.
“We are seeing two or three crimes a week occurring out in that area, which is unusually high. It’s normally quite a low crime area.”
Neighbourhood policing teams will be increasing their patrols in the area during hours of darkness, and they will be offering crime prevention visits to people in the area. Anyone who feels they would benefit from a visit should contact their local neighbourhood team.
Sgt Champeau added: “We want to try to increase awareness and make sure people lock up their vehicles and use normal security measures. If they lock gates, double lock them, make sure CCTV cameras and systems are working and flood lights are working well.”
Anyone who witnesses a crime should contact police on 101.