Police warn van owners to remove or secure their power tools – Aylesbury Vale
Over the weekend (05/01 – 07/10) nine thefts have been reported from vans across the Aylesbury Vale area.
The thefts have happened in rural areas, including Quainton, Stewkley, Edgcott, Stoke Hammond & North Marston.
In most of the reports entry has been made by smashing a window and power tools stolen from inside.
Neighbourhood Policing Inspector James Davies said “I know it is not always practical to remove all tools from vans overnight.
“Please remove what you can and make sure you use a secure locking box, such as a van vault, to house anything that stays inside the van.
“Secure boxes should be fixed to the van, as well as being locked with a good quality lock or padlock.
“Consider where you park your vehicle. If possible park it against a wall, fence or garage, to prevent access to the side / rear doors. Try and park in a well-lit area.
“Property mark your tools so if they are stolen they are identifiable as yours. Kits can be purchased from companies such as selectaDNA or Smart Water, or you can use paint or permanent markers, with your company details and postcode.
“Let us know if you are offered power tools that you suspect to be stolen. These tools will be sold on, so they may be offered directly to tradespeople.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles please make sure you call the police immediately on 101, or if a crime is happening at the time dial 999.”
Further crime prevention advice and information can be found on the Thames Valley Police website.
If you have any information about vehicle crime please call the 24 hour non-emergency number 101.
If you don’t want to speak to the police or give your details you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.