Keep vans safe and protect tools - warns police - The Solihull Observer

Keep vans safe and protect tools - warns police

Solihull Editorial 16th Apr, 2024   0

AFTER a rise in theft of tools from vans West Midlands Police is urging tradespersons to be extra vigilant.

The force said it has noticed tools are being stolen from unlocked vans and overnight in hotel car parks.

The following advice has been offered to help safeguard tools and equipment:

  • Lock your van: Criminals will look for opportunities when you are working or distracted to act. For older van models, you might want to install a tracker that can track the GPS of the stolen vehicle.
  • Remove valuables: Don’t leave any valuable items visible inside your van. Thieves are more likely to target vehicles with tempting items on display, so take the time to remove tools, equipment, and personal belongings whenever possible.
  • Use a steering lock: Steering wheel locks act as a visible deterrent and can make it harder for thieves to steal your van.
  • Park in safe locations: When parking your van, choose well-lit and populated areas whenever possible. If you are parking away from home consider using a Park Mark approved car park. If this is not possible, park next to a wall where there is limited access to back or side doors of the van.
  • Consider secure storage: If you frequently carry expensive tools and equipment, consider investing in a safe or anchor locks to secure them inside your van. This adds an extra layer of protection and makes it more difficult for thieves to access your valuables.
  • Remove tools overnight: Whenever possible, take your tools out of your van overnight or during weekends when it’s not in use. Storing them in a secure location, such as a garage or workshop, helps reduce the risk of theft.
  • Installing CCTV: Having a dash cam or a small CCTV camera inside your van that connects to your phone can help identify criminals and help police with investigations.

To report suspicious behaviour call police on 101 or on 999 if a crime is happening.

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