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Be tool S-M-A-R-T

Alert message sent 22/01/2022 15:08:00

Information sent on behalf of Staffordshire Police

There has been a increase in tool thefts from vans recently. Vans are often targeted by thieves for the tools stored inside. We appreciate that it is often difficult to remove all tools when the van is left overnight, although this is obviously the ideal approach.

We appreciate that loss of tools means loss of income.

Reduce the risk of having your tools stolen:
1) Consider fitting a tool safe and secure it with good quality locks
2) Ensure the van is locked and windows are shut.
3) Keep all possessions out of sight
4) Try to park your van close to a building or a hedge to restrict access
5) Whenever possible park in a lit area that is covered by CCTV
6) If your van is older, consider fitting new locks that are more difficult to compromise
7) Fit an alarm, there are a lot of different ones out there and some are very loud when triggered and some can send a direct text message to your phone to let you know your vehicle has been entered or tampered with
8) Take photographs of the items of value and make a note of the serial numbers
9) Mark the tools with your name or company clearly, this makes the tools less desirable and harder to sell on.

Remember to be tool S-M-A-R-T...
"Secure Mark And Register Tools"

If you see any suspicious activity please call Staffordshire Police via 101 or in case of an emergency 999.
Message sent by
Deryn Small (Police, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Lichfield)

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