Thieves targeting vans with ‘generic key fob’ steal tools and gardening equipment

Ford Transit van (Picture: Bidgee cc-by-sa-3.0)

Police are urging people not to leave tools in their vehicles after thieves have been targeting Ford Transit vans to steal tools and gardening equipment in Rushcliffe.

A number of the vans are thought to have been broken into on the night of Wednesday (September 6) with equipment taken from them.

The full Facebook post from Rushcliffe South Police said: “Please be aware that a number of Ford Transit vans have been targeted and broken into overnight, numerous tools and gardening equipment was stolen from them.

“It would appear that the suspects have some sort of generic key fob enabling them to unlock the van without having to force entry to it.

“Please remove all tools and valuable items where possible from your van.”

One of Nick Blainey’s vans, right, was believed to have been one of the vehicles targeted in February

In February this year, thieves were thought to be using key tools available online to break into the same model of vans in Stapleford and Eastwood.

Nick Blainey, from Stapleford, runs a roofing and windows business and had tools taken from one of his vans when it was parked outside an employee’s house for the night earlier this year.

Speaking at the time, Marie Blainey, his wife, said: “They took two Makita radios, a Stihl saw, three Makita impact drivers, a Makita drill and a circular saw.

“It’s £1,500 pounds worth of stuff but we don’t feel its worth claiming on the insurance because of the premiums and there has been no damage to the van so how do we prove what happened.

“The van automatically locks the back door so it was definitely locked when it was left overnight.

“We have staff to pay and were looking to expand but this has set us back, luckily we do have another van with more tools so work can still be done.”

If you see anything suspicious, you are asked to call Notts Police on 101 or, if a crime is in progress, 999.