Police have issued a warning after a spate of thefts involving Ford Transit vans.

Officers in Chorley and South Ribble have been alerted to a number of van thefts where offenders have gained access to the vehicles and driven them away without using any keys.

Geographic Inspector for Chorley and South Ribble, Inspector Chris Abbott said: "We wanted to let you know about a number of vehicle thefts that have recently occurred across Chorley and South Ribble.

"The thefts specifically relate to all variants of Ford Transit Vans - including passenger vans, flat beds, tippers etc.

"Offenders gain access and drive the vehicle away without using any keys.

"Please be assured this is being thoroughly investigated and we will keep you updated."

Police are now asking car and van owners to follow the following crime prevention advice to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime:

  • If possible please park in a locked garage or secure site.
  • Block the van in behind another vehicle if parked on a drive.
  • Park in a well lit area, covered by CCTV if possible.
  • Consider the use of a steering wheel lock or other manual security / immobilisation device.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police immediately or if an offence is occurring please call 999.