Police urge motorists to take precautions after spare tyres stolen (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Cleveland Police urge motorists to take precautions after spare tyres stolen
POLICE have warned motorists to beware after 29 spare wheels have been stolen across Teesside since May last year.
Cleveland Police say that transit vans are being targeted by thieves and urge people to take precautions.
Crime prevention officers recommend storing the spare in the boot or internal load area or fitting a chain and padlock.
Crime Prevention Officer for Stockton, PC Eddie Lincoln, said the number of incidents of tyres being stolen was increasing.
He said: “If drivers take steps to protect their vehicles against crime it will help to support our work on the ground in combating car criminals.
“I appreciate that it might be inconvenient for people to take time to find ways to secure their spare tyre but it is a worthwhile thing to do to prevent the hassle, costs and distress caused with being a victim of crime.
“Motorists can contact local dealerships to see if they have any devices to assist and owners of 4x4 vehicles with spare wheels should fit a locking wheel nut and locking spare wheel cover.”
Anyone wanting further advice and information on crime prevention can visit www.cleveland.police.uk or contact Crime Prevention Officers on the non-emergency 101 number.