Builders In Chiswick Targeted By Thieves

Police warn against leaving vans unattended even for minutes

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Builders carrying out work in Chiswick have been warned not to leave their vans unattended following a number of thefts from vehicles.

Local police said thieves have targeted vans while they are left unattended and have stolen tools.

They warned builders not to leave vans open even for a short period while unloading.

A police spokesman said that some builders have reported having tools stolen in the few minutes their van has been left insecure.

"Please remember to remove all valuables from display and leave your vehicle secured. It can take as little as ten seconds to remove valuables from a vehicle," said a police statement.

As well as continuing their warnings to the public not to leave valuable items on display, and to remove the marks caused by satellite navigation kits on windscreens, they have also advised the public to park in well-lit areas at night.

The police have said that although officers have increased their patrols in the side roads off Chiswick High Road, the area is still suffering from an increase in crime.

In other news, the police say that a man has been bailed to appear at Chiswick police station following the discovery of cannabis plants growing in a rear garden at Melville Court, Chiswick.

The cannabis was spotted by local PCSO's who were on patrol in the area when they noticed several cannabis plants growing in one of the rear gardens.

They noted the address and gave the information to the local police officers. Police attended the address and the occupier was arrested for cannabis cultivation, after four plants were seized.

The male admitted that further drugs were in the house.

Officers found a large quantity of herbal cannabis in his bedroom. The male has subsequently been bailed to attend Chiswick Police station next month.


August 27, 2012