Owners of telehandlers are being urged to make sure they are left locked and secure after a number have been stolen and then used in cash machine thefts.
Since October, five telehandlers have been stolen from across Leicestershire and then used to steal ATMs containing substantial amounts of cash.
Leicestershire Police are urging all owners to take extra precautions and ensure their machinery is always left locked and secure.
Detective Constable Stu Palmer, who is investigating the thefts said: “We’ve had five offences in our force area since October. Before each of the ATM thefts a telehandler has been stolen from the local vicinity.
“Please think about how best to secure your property. If possible lock your machinery away at night in a secure compound and ensure the keys are not left with the vehicle.
“We are looking into the possibility that these incidents are linked and would urge people in rural communities to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. “
This type of crime could become a problem across the country so police are urging people to take crime prevention measures to keep their property safe and secure:
Ensure keys are taken out of all vehicles on your site
Consider fitting an immobiliser and tracking device to vehicles
Consider installing CCTV
Use security lighting in yards and drives
Register all plant vehicles with the Cesar Security marking scheme
Anyone who suspects suspicious activity is asked to call their local police force.