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Heavy goods vehicle drivers asked to 'Park Smart'

Warwickshire police are appealing to drivers of heavy goods vehicles to be aware where they park overnight after a recent spike in thefts from heavy goods vehicles in the latter part of 2018, into early 2019.

Kingsbury Link, Hams Hall, Birch Coppice and Station Road Coleshill have previously been subjected to overnights thefts where cargo has been stolen, costing the companies thousands of pounds.

In a case towards the end of 2018 a lorry, which was parked at Kingsbury Link, was targetted and £6,400 worth of Lego was stolen [23/41564/18].

Drivers are encouraged to plan, prior to setting out on an overnight journey, and to select locations that are designed for overnight HGV parking. Service stations such as Moto [Junction 10 of the M42] and Welcome Break [Corley Services, J4-J3 M6] provide ample overnight parking for heavy goods vehicles and these areas are covered by extensively by CCTV. Whilst it is appreciated that these locations do charge for parking, they do provide much safer alternatives - especially for more valuable loads.

What are Warwickshire Police doing about it?
Warwickshire Police have increased the number of patrols around our industrial areas and a number of positive results have come out of these patrols whereby a number of thefts have been avoided and people have been dealt with for attempted theft offences. Just recently a gang was disturbed prowling round the Coleshill Industrial Estate - the occupants all from the Leeds area.Whilst it is recognised that the haulage industry is financially tighter than it ever was these financial issues will only be compounded if heavy goods vehicles are subjected to damage and subsequent theft.

Minimising the risk of becoming a victim of theft.

  • Park in approved parking sites, not industrial estates - especially if your load is valuable.
  • If your truck is empty - advertise it - open the doors and let the world see you have a cargo of nothing!
  • If you have to park on industrial parks or lay by's make sure that you are covered by some lighting (most arterial routes have streetlights on overnight)
  • Make sure that you know who the police local to that area are and what location you are in, especially if you are in a rural location.

There is further information available about Lorry Crime, which also contains helpful advice regarding Illegal Immigrants (Stowaways), which can be downloaded here pdf icon Lorry Theft [665kb]

Published 10/01/19