Criminals often target vans parked in areas such as hotel, supermarket and retail outlet car parks.
Follow these simple steps to help protect your tools:
Mark your tools Take a photo of the serial number or identifying marks Use a unique tamperproof sticker Engrave tools with your initials or a memorable word Use an ultraviolet pen Remember to mark your batteries, too
Register your tools Register your tools and serial numbers on a national property recording database such as Immobilise.
Secure your vehicle Make sure your vehicle is locked with the windows shut when it’s left unattended. Even if you are popping back and forth to grab tools, criminals only need a moment to empty your van.
Empty your van Where possible, empty your van of your tools overnight – don’t give criminals the opportunity to empty your van for you.
Install a dashcam or CCTV Consider purchasing a dash cam or CCTV camera to deter criminals from targeting your van. Alarms are also good deterrents if one is not already fitted.
Park against a wall Where possible, park your van overnight in a busy, well-lit area backed against or alongside a wall to make it difficult to gain access to the back of your van.
Use extra locks or cages Consider purchasing dead locks or slam locks to further secure your vehicle. Security cages can also be installed inside your van so that even if someone gains access, they still can’t get to your tools.
Message Sent By Karen Collins (Police, Admin/Co-ordinator, Wokingham)