Antiques valued at £60,000 stolen from van parked at Glastonbury Travelodge
Police are looking for witnesses after £60,000 of antiques were stolen from a van parked at the Glastonbury Travelodge.
The victim, who had been exhibiting at an antiques fair held at the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet, lost Rolex watches, pewter and silver in the raid.
Thieves broke the glass on the driver-side window of the victim’s Vauxhall Movano van in the early hours of Monday morning.
Inspector Mark Nicholson from Wells Police Station said no other vehicles in the car park were targeted in the raid.
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He is urging anybody who saw anyone acting suspiciously or lurking near the Travelodge to contact them, and has urged motorists to ensure their vehicles are secured and no property is on display.
Police have issued the following advice to motorists:
Don’t leave anything on display. That includes a jacket on the back seat, loose change in the ashtray, a chequebook in the glove compartment or mail with your address on it under the seat. Remember: thieves know all the usual hiding places.
If you’re leaving valuables in the boot of your car, make sure you put them in at the start of the journey, not when you park you car. You don’t know who could be watching.
Always keep your car locked. This includes closing the sunroof and windows, even if you only leave it for a few seconds.
Don’t leave anything in your car, particularly when it’s parked overnight. More than 60 per cent of thefts of and from vehicles happen when they are parked outside the home.
Park with care. Park in busy or well-lit areas near CCTV cameras or in police-approved car parks if possible.
When you’re driving, keep doors locked and windows up, especially in slow traffic. A thief can lean in and steal what’s on your passenger seat in the time it takes for a red light to turn green.
Never leave car documents or spare keys inside the car.
If you can help police to track the people responsible for the theft, contact Wells Police Station on 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.