Police are warning van owners in Camblesforth and Carlton to “be alert” following a spate of thefts last weekend.
They received several reports from members of the public and an investigation was launched. In total three vans were stolen and several more were damaged.
On Sunday, officers arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of vehicle theft. He was interviewed and bailed with conditions which prevent him from entering North Yorkshire.
A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “We recognise that this spate of crime is concerning for the local community.
“Local residents should feel reassured that we have made an arrest. Our enquiries are continuing and we would urge anyone who has any information which could assist the investigation to come forward.
“We also request that the public assist us by being vigilant. Please report any suspicious behaviour to us immediately on 999.”
People who own vans and other vehicles should take action to protect their vehicle:
- Consider fitting an after-market approved immobiliser
- Leave your vehicle in a garage if you have one. Otherwise, consider installing security lighting in your driveway, or at least try to park in well-lit areas
- Never leave keys in the ignition – or near the front door of your home.Thieves will know exactly where to look for them.
- Don’t leave tools in vehicles unattended or overnight. You could even consider placing a sign in the window stating they have been removed.