Gangs use refrigerated vehicles for motorway thefts

London, UK: According to the Daily Mail, gangs of criminals are using refrigerated vans with side doors to steal goods from trailers.

The thieves – dubbed the ‘pirates of the road’ sneak out of the side door to slash a hole in a target lorry’s curtain before jumping on board.

They are then able to help themselves to the goods on board, often clothing and electrical goods – in just a few minutes.

As well as refrigerated vehicles the gangs are also using vehicles with specially adapted side doors.

Police are urging motorists to report the number plate of any vans they spot with adapted side doors.

Detective Sergeant Sue Coutts, of specialist crime unit TruckPol, said the converted trucks were a growing concern.

She told the Daily Mail: “These gangs use refrigerator trucks, which already have side doors, or they cut their own door into a 7.5 tonne box truck.The gangs generally target soft-sided lorries parked in quiet lay-bys and parking areas. They pull-up alongside, open their secret side door and slash a hole in the canvas of their target vehicle. If they like what they find they will simply step across and offload the contents by hand – passing it to another gang member standing in their van. If they don’t like what they find they will move onto the next parked truck and slash away until they find a valuable load.”


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