Arrests in Ford Transit thefts battle

Police are cracking down on the theft of Ford Transit vans in West Yorkshire
Police are cracking down on the theft of Ford Transit vans in West Yorkshire

Police are warning owners of Ford Transit vans made in 2010 or later to crank up security after a spate of thefts across West Yorkshire.

There has been a rise of 91.2 per cent in van thefts across the county in the last six months - over 60 per cent of which were post-2010 Ford Transits - and police are carrying out a number of covert and overt operations to catch the thieves. This includes random stop checks of Transit vans.

Police have carried out warrants across West Yorkshire and six men, aged 27, 23, 59, 40, 40 and 42 - including two from Calderdale - have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal, theft of a motor vehicle and theft from a motor vehicle.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Thomas, who leads the operation, said police are working with manufacturers, partners and neighbouring forces to disrupt the thieves.

“We believe offenders are taking the vehicles without the key - so using locksmith keys and jamming equipment and then selling them for parts,” he said. “We are writing to all Ford Transit van owners in West Yorkshire that show up on our records to warn them about the recent increase and to tell them what they can do to reduce the threat.”

Advice includes: leaving vehicle at work, leaving them in well lit areas and buying additional security, including a wheel lock. Also, only buy items which are Sold Secure or Thatcham accredited.

If you have info about van thefts call the police on 101.