Parcel van drivers are being warned that there has been an increase in thefts and attacks in the past few weeks leading up to the Christmas period. Across the UK there have been multiple reports of van drivers being attacked and their vehicles being stolen in order to gain access to the packages in the loading area.
In Austrey, Tamworth, a van driver was attacked and robbed of his van as he delivered a parcel. The incident happened on Warton Lane on Friday the 7th of December at around 2:50pm. The van driver went into the back of his white Iveco van to collect a parcel, but as he climbed back out a man standing on the pavement pushed him to the ground, grabbed his keys and drove off with the van. As the van was driven away the driver noticed a dark blue Rover 75 speeding away with it, and police are urging anyone to come forward who may have any information. Sgt Roger Fields of Atherstone Police said: “We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicles or who saw the offender. We would also like people to be aware of what is going on around them at this time of year, when people are having more Christmas parcels being delivered to them. If you see anything suspicious please contact the police immediately.”
Less than one week later a similar incident occurred near Uddingston in South Yorkshire. On Thursday 13th of December at 8:50am a parcel van driver who had stopped outside Oscar’s chip shop off of Old Edinburgh Road, Tannochside was dragged out of his vehicle. The man then drove away in the Mercedes Sprinter van, and then later ditched it in Maryville Lane after transferring all the parcels into another vehicle. Det Con Paul Brown of the Strathclyde Police said “We know the men stole the parcels from the van, this means they would have had to transfer them into another vehicle. We want to trace these men and locate the parcels so that they can be returned to their rightful owners. I’m appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or noticed the white Mercedes van or any other vehicle in that area at the time being driven particularly fast to get in touch with us.”
With the increase in van thefts at this time of year it is important for van owners to consider their safety and make sure they lock their vehicles at all times. Furthermore, it is important to be wary if you see anyone acting suspiciously, and make sure you have van insurance to replace your vehicle and anything inside it if it does become stolen.