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Cheshire Constabulary is urging caravan owners to be vigilant following a rise in the number of vans being stolen in the county.
Travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in demand for staycations, mobile homes and caravan holidays.
Since the start of July four separate caravan theft incidents have been reported in Cheshire.
Caravans have been stolen in Widnes, Ellesmere Port and Chester, with vans on driveways particularly being targeted.
Inspector Anton Sullivan, of Cheshire Constabulary’s Roads and Crime Unit, said: “Enquiries in relation to the incidents are ongoing and I appeal to anyone with information regarding caravan thefts to get in touch.
“I also urge caravan owners to be vigilant, to review any security measures they have in place and to take steps to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of this type of crime.
“Caravan thieves often scout for desirable vans in the day before returning to steal them at night, so I also ask residents to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour in this regard and report any suspicions to us.”
Cheshire Constabulary’s anti-theft advice for caravan owners is:
David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “These opportunist thieves could not only potentially ruin someone’s staycation but could also put caravan owners at risk of losing thousands of pounds if their van is stolen.
“I urge all caravan and motorhome owners across the county to follow the advice from Cheshire Constabulary and check the security of their vehicles.
“Also, if any members of the public have information in relation to any suspicious activity in relation to caravan theft, please report it to Cheshire Constabulary or anonymously to Crimestoppers as soon as possible.”
Anyone with any information or footage regarding the theft of caravans is asked to call Constabulary on 101, give the details via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.