MOTORISTS in Ledbury are being urged by police to be on their guard following a spate of thefts from vans parked in town.

The Ledbury Safer Neighbourhood team has issued vehicle security advice to motorists after a spate of thefts from vans in Ledbury, and the Deer Park estate has been a particular problem area recently, with four new cases logged by officers during the past week alone.

In most incidents the vehicles were locked and secured, and police believe one of the offences has involved the offenders using a device to enter the vehicle without causing any damage.

Sergeant Nick Green from Ledbury Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "We are currently investigating a number of van thefts within the area and would urge anyone with any information about these offences to please come forward.

"Please always ensure that vehicles are locked when parked and that valuables are never left in the vehicle or on display."

On August 24, at Winston Close, on the Deer Park, and van was broken into and numerous power tools were stolen.

On September 5, at Northdown Close on the New Mills, the side window of van was smashed and power tools were taken.

On September 12, at Bramley Close, offenders tried to jemmy back door of black Vivaro van but no entry gained.

On the same day, at Russett Close, a Silver Vauxhall Movano was broken into and power tools stolen.

On September 13, at Blenheim Drive, the rear window of white Toyota Hilux was smashed and chainsaws were stolen.

On the same day, at Oakland Drive, the window of a red Peugeot van was smashed.

A police spokesman added: "When leaving your vehicle overnight, park in well-lit areas and near your home if possible. Tools that need to be left in the vehicle should be stored securely and not left on display.

"If your vehicle is not alarmed, consider having an immobiliser fitted. They can work as a deterrent and will draw people's attention to the vehicle if it is broken into. Consider having your tools marked, so if they are stolen and recovered, the owner can be identified."

Anyone witnessing suspicious behaviour should call West Mercia Police on 101 or if they see a vehicle being broken into and a crime is taking place, they should call 999.