Police step up patrols after thieves target lorries around Lichfield

Police say they have stepped up patrols after a spate of thefts from lorries.

Vehicles have been targeted while drivers are parked up overnight along the A38 and in nearby car parks.

Lorries were raided earlier this month as drivers slept at locations including Barton Business Park, and laybys on the A38 at Barkers Lane, Swinfen and Lichfield Road in Barton-under-Needwood.

A Staffordshire Polcie spokesperson said: “Increased high visibility patrols are now being carried out by officers during the hours of darkness at key locations. This includes the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to detect and intercept suspicious vehicles.”

Lorry drivers themselves are encouraged to step up security on their vehicles and report any sign of suspicious persons and/or activity by calling Staffordshire Police on 101.

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