Increased police patrols after spate of trailer thefts in Glyn Ceiriog
Police patrols have increased in Glyn Ceiriog following a spate of trailer thefts in the area.
Last week NWP Rural Crime Team launched an appeal for witnesses after an Ifor Williams livestock trailer was stolen from a farm in the Ceiriog Valley.
The incident took place on November 2, with the vehicle seen being towed away from the area in what is believed to be a blue Volvo V70.
The vehicle is believed to have travelled along the B4500 as it was later seen turning right onto the B5070 by the cenotaph, in Chirk.
Proactive police patrols are now being carried out in Glyn Ceiriog and surrounding areas following the recent thefts.
Sergeant Peter Evans of the Rural Crime Team said: “Trailers and horseboxes are vulnerable to theft due to their ability to easily towed away, which is why putting security measures in place is important.
“Throughout the evening, we conducted various stop checks on vehicles, including those towing trailers.
“We were also there to reassure members of the community, who were fully supportive of what we were doing.
“Please be vigilant and don’t make your trailer an easy target.”
NWP Rural Crime Team have also issued the below crime prevention advice for owners of horse boxes or trailers.
- Good quality CCTV and motion sensor security lights are highly recommended. If considering CCTV there are many on the market that can alert you when activated.
- Consider fitting anti-theft products such as hitch locks, wheel clamps and locking wheel nuts. If your trailer is stored in a shed or on a hard concrete surface, a ground anchor with a heavy-duty chain should be considered.
- Park them out of sight and in particular from the road. But if you must park them on the driveway, consider closing and securing gates. A vehicle bollard will also provide an extra visible deterrent.
- Keep records of the serial, chassis, and model numbers. Take clear photos of all angles or a video if possible. Make note of anything distinctive including modifications or markings.
- Using a recognised forensic marking is highly effective and visible deterrent and established method of reducing theft. NWP Rural Crime Team are currently working with ‘SmartWater’ as means of forensic marking, and there are similar products on the market.
- Using a tracker device can be vital in tracing stolen trailers and horseboxes. They may seem expensive, but vehicles fitted with one have a much higher rate of recovery.
- If you witness anything suspicious please let us know as soon as possible
Anyone with any information on the theft of a trailer on November 2 is asked to phone 101 quoting 23001093597.
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