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Suffolk Police warning - rise in theft of tools from vans

posted 1 Dec 2017, 07:39 by Chris Hoare   [ updated 1 Dec 2017, 07:39 ]

Suffolk Police would like to warn all Suffolk residents to be extra vigilant with the security of their vans and to suspicious activity around vans, especially during the hours of darkness.

Since the 1st September there have been just over 230 incidents where power tools have been stolen from vans. The majority of these have been overnight during the hours of darkness in residential streets & driveways. Such crimes are being reported to us on a daily basis.

To reduce the risk of being a victim of this type of crime please consider the below…

  • Always lock all doors & shut windows, physically checking doors are locked.

  • Do not leave any items on display.

  • Park in a garage or secure area where possible.

  • Park with the doors against a wall.

  • If you park on your driveway consider installing motion activated CCTV.

  • Be particularly aware when un-loading tools/materials from your van.

  • Remove tools from the van if possible.

  • Remove copper piping from storage tube on the van.

  • Register tools for free at www.immobilise.com, especially serial numbers.

  • Mark all tools (with a forensic marker) such as Smartwater (www.smartwater.com ) or Selecta DNA (www.selectadna.co.uk/ ) alternatively mark tools with a permanent marker with your postcode/initials.

  • To increase the security of tools, you can bolt either a cage or box to the base of the van which should be secured with a sturdy close shackle padlock.

  • Setting an alarm or immobiliser will make it more difficult for the offender.

  • Consider upgrading locks/fitting additional protection.

  • Information on Police approved products can be found at www.securedbydesign.com & www.soldsecure.com

  • Always check your van/tools before heading off to work/site.

  • Be suspicious of cheap tools at car boot sales.


    Always report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police on 101 or use the on-line reporting facility at http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something

    If you witness a crime in progress always dial 999

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