Truckers urged to remain vigilant after thousands of pounds of TVs stolen from HGV

Truckers are being told to watch out after thousands of pounds worth of televisions were stolen from the back of a HGV. Staffordshire Police say the screens were swipped from the back of a truck in the Audley area - but did not reveal when. They say the incident was part of an increase in freight theft across the county, with trucks being targeted when parked up.

To help combat the trend, the force has joined up with the  Central Motorway Policing Group, the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service and the Road Haulage Association so it can increase patrols and target those involved. If you're on the lookout for local news, we have you covered with our FREE email newsletter - sign up in the box at the top of this story or click here. Chief Inspector Giles Parsons, commander of Stafford Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "We fully appreciate the impact this type of crime has on drivers, haulage companies and businesses as a whole.

"We are fully committed to taking necessary and pro-active measures to ensure we catch those responsible - deterring them from committing further crime. "It's important you listen to the advice and take the necessary precautions when parking up within our county." Truckers are now being told to make sure their cabs are secured when they are parked and plan their overnight breaks.

Officers also fear that using the same routes and stopping at the same locations could make HGVs vulnerable to thefts.

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Anyone who spots anything suspicious is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.

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