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To All Van Owners

Alert message sent 11/03/2022 10:48:00

Information sent on behalf of Staffordshire Police

Van owners should remain vigilant and consider their vehicle’s security to mitigate the chances of them falling victim to such offences.

Where possible, lock your van in a secure garage or use a steering lock to deter any opportunists from targeting your vehicle. If possible, make sure your van is parked in direct view of CCTV cameras.

You should attempt to remove tools from vans overnight. An alternative can be to mark them clearly with their name using paint pens and sealing that with a clear lacquer spray.

I would also suggest using a lockable cabinet and small cameras can also be installed inside vans.”
For more crime prevention advice, visit: Preventing car and vehicle theft | Crime Prevention | Staffordshire Police

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"

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Message sent by
Deryn Small (Police, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Lichfield)

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