Search

Thieves targeted locked van in Beckton on Sunday afternoon

11:55 10 December 2012

CCTV caught lock experts breaking into a secured van on a Sunday afternoon in Beckton.

Last Sunday (Dec 2) at 3:45pm, a 41-year-old man parked his White Volkswagen van in Car Park E at Gallions Reach shopping centre.

The van owner left his vehicle locked and secure whilst he went to do some work at a shop unit.

At 4:30pm, he returned to find his satellite navigation system was missing while the passenger side van doors revealed that the locks had been damaged.

CCTV revealed a silver coloured Vauxhall Corsa type car driving up alongside the van and a man interfering with the locks of the passenger side and the rear side door of the van.

A satnav and a ‘Makita’ drill set were stolen.

Crime prevention design advisor PC Andy Whitfield says: “Always make sure that you lock doors, windows and sun-roof when leaving your vehicle.

“The first two places a car thief will look on breaking into a car are within the glove box or under the seat. Do not leave any belongings on display, even items of low or little monetary value.

“Many newer cars will already be fitted with an immobiliser and/or car alarm, if not consider having one professionally fitted.

“Electronic immobilisers, which prevent the car from starting, or mechanical immobilisers such as steering wheel locks, will also deter car thieves. Steering wheel locks are in-expensive and available from most car accessories stores.

“Lastly consider marking all your valuables with a unique identification number such as your postcode. These numbers can be linked for free to recognised security databases; like immobilse.com.”

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 07:00
Twenty-five Year 7 students have accepted the challenge to complete Tolekein’s ‘The Hobbit’ in an effort to encourage students to read more often and more widely

Ambitious students at a Newham academy remain unfazed after signing up to a challenging reading quest.

Silvertown
Fri, 17:09
Newham Youth Question Time, with Det Supt Ian Lardner, Lyn Brown MP, Cllr Seyi Akiwowo, Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz and Stephen Timms MP,

Students had the chance to grill their members of parliament in the run-up to the general election at Newham Youth Question Time at the Town Hall.

Lyn Brown
Fri, 10:37
Connor Dolam, left, and Alex Eastwood, from Chobham Academy,  join the National Obesity Awareness Week at the Copper Box

Researchers at Cambridge University announced last week that 337,000 deaths a year are caused by “carrying too much weight”.

Fri, 08:24
CCTV image of man police want to question after Stratford hotel incident, March 2014

Police have released this CCTV image today of a man wanted for questioning after a sex attack on a woman in a hotel in east London.

Most read news

People thought the Deputy Prime Minister was pretty funny actually.

Brothers: The David Haines Story, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland at 10.30am on Sunday.

Over £30,000 has been raised in a couple of days for a mugging victim, despite the goal only being set at £500.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder