Crackdown on car crime

Inspector Nick Butler.
Inspector Nick Butler.

A crackdown on thefts from vehicles has been launched in Hucknall after it was revealed there were more than 750 offences in the Ashfield and Mansfield area in the past six months.

Officers will be tweeting all incidents involving theft from vehicles for the first two weeks of the campaign, providing helpful advice across social media, as well as having officers on patrol actively targeting vehicle crime thieves.

Officers will be looking for items that are on display in the vehicle and sending letters out to registered keepers, to remind them of the dangers of leaving items on display in the vehicle.

Inspector Nick Butler said: “There have been more than 750 vehicle crime offences across Ashfield and Mansfield over the past six months, and that is a concern.

“By using social media to promote safety messages and sending letters to registered keepers in the area, we will start to combat this problem and make the public more aware of how to keep their vehicle safe.”

Sergeant Simon Scales added: “We have sympathy with victims of vehicle crime, but there are some precautionary steps that you can take to keeping your vehicle secure.”

“For instance, locking your doors and keeping all valuables from sight. A thief will very rarely break into a car if it is already locked.”

Over the seven days to Thursday October 15 there were three thefts from vehicles in Hucknall alone.

Fuel was stolen from a fork lift truck on a construction site in Lancaster Road, sometime between 4pm on Friday October 9 and 8am on Saturday 10.

A quantity of electric tools, mainly Nikita and Bosch makes, were stolen from a van on Polperro Way, sometime between 9pm on Monday October 12 and 8.30am the next day.

A Sat Nav, keys and cash were stolen from a Ford Focus on Shortwood Avenue, sometime between 7pm Monday October 12 and 10.05am Tuesday 13.

If you have any information please e-mail at

Alternatively you can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.