CHESHIRE Police have issued a warning after a rise in the number of caravans being stolen.

Thieves pinched four caravans for driveways across the county last month, in Widnes, Ellesmere Port and Chester.

The force believes that travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic has led to an ‘increased demand’ for staycations, mobile homes and caravan holidays.

Inspector Anton Sullivan, of Cheshire Police’s roads and crime unit, said: “Enquiries in relation to the incidents are ongoing, and I appeal to anyone with information regarding caravan thefts to get in touch.

“I also urge caravan owners to be vigilant, to review any security measures they have in place and to take steps to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of this type of crime.

“Caravan thieves often scout for desirable vans in the day before returning to steal them at night, so I also ask residents to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour in this regard and report any suspicions to us.”

Cheshire police and crime commissioner David Keane added: “These opportunist thieves could not only potentially ruin someone’s staycation, but could also put caravan owners at risk of losing thousands of pounds if their van is stolen.

“I urge all caravan and motorhome owners across the county to follow the advice from Cheshire Constabulary and check the security of their vehicles.

“Also, if any members of the public have information in relation to any suspicious activity in relation to caravan theft, please report it to Cheshire Constabulary or anonymously to Crimestoppers as soon as possible.”