illir ruck crime is big business. In next week's issue we'll be spotlighting thefts of loads by armed, violent gangs.
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Truck thefts don't receive anything like the same publicity, and fortunately they rarely involve personal injury. But they do cause immense financial hardship to hard-pressed hauliers. Even operators who don't lose trucks, trailers and equipment have to fork out for spiralling insurance premiums and expensive security systems.
That's why CM guarantees free publicity for any operator unfortunate enough to become a victim. It may not get your truck back, but it might force the thieves to take more trouble in disposing of their ill-gotten gains. So take a look at this week's list, and if you've spotted any of them please contact the hauliers concerned or the police.
If you have a truck, trailer or equipment stolen phone Crimeline on 081-661 3670 (081-661 3689 24hr answerphone), fax 081-661 8969. • Leicestershire police have launched a crack-down on tipper thefts from quarries in the county through an intensive publicity campaign. Coalville police station, which is co-ordinating the campaign, has met with the managers of quarries in the area and asked them to distribute leaflets highlighting the problem of thefts.
Sergeant Mick Studley says that three years ago there was a spate of tipper thefts and Leicestershire police ran a similar campaign. The latest crimewave began at the end of last year. The police leaflet urges operators to "report all suspicious incidents concerning the movement of HGVs, especially late at night or in the early hours and offers advice on vehicle security.