October 3, 2017 10.25 am This story is over 47 months old

Police put on security advice event for Lincoln tradesmen after surge in van tool thefts

30 tool thefts were reported in Lincoln and West Lindsey last month.

An event will take place in Lincoln tomorrow to give advice to tradesmen after over 50 tool thefts across the county in the last month.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 4 at Buildbase on Pelham Road between 7am and 9am, where Lincolnshire Police will give security tips and advice on products to help protect victims of tool thefts.

Between August 1 and September 12, 30 tool thefts were reported in Lincoln and West Lindsey, with a further 20 more in North and South Kesteven.

Inspector Pat Coates, who is leading the campaign against theft from vans, said: “Insecure vans are being targeted but we are also seeing forced entry in many cases.

“The event is designed to raise awareness amongst tradespeople, deliver some messages about security precautions and to showcase the products that are on offer to make vans more secure.

“When a crime is affecting the trade community, it is important that we get them involved and we are really grateful for the support of Buildbase who have hosted the event for us.”

Tips to keep tools safe:

  • Remove all tools when the van is left overnight
  • Consider fitting a tool safe and secure it with good quality locks.
  • Ensure the van is locked and windows shut whenever it is left unattended. Keep all possessions out of sight – don’t leave jackets, sat navs etc on show.
  • Park your van close to a building or hedge to restrict access.
  • Whenever possible park in a lit area that is covered by CCTV. If your van is older, consider fitting new locks that are more difficult to compromise
  • Fit an alarm.  Lincolnshire Police recommend products that are Thatcham/Secured by Design accredited.  However, a small stand alone PIR shed type alarm with texting facility or personal attack alarm when triggered can be very loud, act as a deterrent and let you know that your vehicle has been entered
  • Mark the items of property/tools that are stored in the van.  Ideally mark them overtly with paint pens and then seal down the marking with a clear lacquer spray.  Mark property with the name of your company, the postcode, house or building number or name.  Items that are overtly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on.
  • Take photographs of items of value, make a note of serial numbers and consider registering with the free site www.Immobilise.com

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