Local work-van and vehicle crime issues escalate: Be on your guard, folks

Beware if you own a van in the Brownhills and Walsall Wood area. Imagery from Google Maps.

A warning to people with work vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – there is certainly a real rash of vehicle break ins ongoing, with incidents reported across the area throughout the last week.

Work vans seem the main target, but cars, motorbikes and also a catering van have been targeted, with break-ins Shire Oak last night (Monay 9th – Tuesday 10th July 2018) in St. Marks Road and Chester Road.

Also take care with cars – make sure they’re locked and don’t leave valuables in them as word is local criminals appear to be targeting those, too.

These scumbags are targeting people trying to earn a living. It’s heartbreaking and my sympathies to the victims for the loss.

The people doing this are more than likely doing it to raise cash from the proceeds of selling what they steal. They can only do that if there’s a market for what they’re flogging.

Please, please, please don’t buy hooky gear. Look at any Facebook selling group and you’ll find people selling tools about which they clearly have no idea of purpose or value.

If you know of anyone hawking around stuff for sale that seems to be dubious, please grub them into the police – the stuff they’re flogging is probably nicked.

Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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