Tradespeople across the Derbyshire Dales are being urged to make sure that their vehicles are secure after tools were stolen from vans in the area.
Over the last week, police have received reports of works vehicles being targeted on business sites and outside homes in the Derbyshire Dales, with valuable tools and equipment being stolen.
Overnight between 6.30pm on Tuesday, May 10 and 8am the following morning, thieves forced the door of a Renault Master van which was parked outside a unit on Old Station Close in Rowsley.
A selection of tools including cordless drills and an angle grinder, along with specialist trades equipment was stolen. This included gas testing equipment and plumbing tools.
On the same night, power tools were also stolen from a Ford Transit van that was parked along Red Lion Row in Grindleford.
Sergeant Andy Wordsworth, who oversees policing across the Derbyshire Dales, said: “Following the thefts I would like to urge motorists, particularly tradespeople, to take extra steps to protect their vans from being targeted by thieves.
“It’s important to ensure that vehicles are properly secure before leaving them unattended, with any sucker markers left from a sat nav being wiped away, and valuables removed where possible. Thieves love clean, unmarked tools that can be easily sold on so don’t make it easy for them by property marking all of your valuables.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage tradespeople in particular to remove their tools from their vehicles where possible, along with taking them away from a site after a working day.”
Simple crime prevention advice includes:
Parking in well-lit areas, using a driveway or garage if possible;
Fitting your vehicle with an alarm;
Parking close to walls or buildings to limit access to your vehicle;
Removing valuable items from inside when leaving the vehicle unattended;
Investing in security lighting for outside your property;
Investing in gravel driveways to ensure you can hear if someone enters your property.
For further crime prevention advice, or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of the Derbyshire police website.