WORK vans are being targeted by wheel-stealing thieves.
Police have received reports of a spate of recent thefts of spares in East Durham.
Pc Andrea Wearmouth, of the Peterlee priority crime team, said: “We are urging owners to be aware of this, and take precautions if they can when leaving their vehicles parked up.
“If they have a garage we would obviously urge them to use it, if not then to park the vehicle close to a wall so the thieves do not have such easy access to the spare wheel.”
There have been thefts from vehicles in Woods Terrace, Murton; Thorpe Street, Easington Colliery; Cotsford Park Estate, Horden; and Palmer Street, South Hetton.