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Essex: Police ask drivers to keep tools safe after thefts
3:28pm Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News
Police have warned van owners in the Uttlesford area to keep their tools safe after a spate of thefts.
Two vans in Elsenham and two in Stansted were targeted by thieves who stole tools worth a three-figure amount of money last weekend.
All the victims were professional tradespeople who relied on their tools and equipment to earn a living.
Uttlesford crime reduction advisor Peter Caulfield said: "These are callous crimes that could ruin small businesses. If a tradesperson is unable to work, their customers will look elsewhere for the services they need. The effect on their business could be devastating."
The victims of this recent spate of crimes were a carpenter, a floorlayer, a builder and an electrical engineer. The tools stolen ranged from drills and electrical testers to chainsaws.
Mr Caulfield said: "Always try to remove your tools from your van, but if you can’t, consider installing a purpose-made van safe (a lockable toolbox, bolted to the van).
"Park as close to your house as you can and reverse up to a wall if possible, to prevent entry via the van’s back doors. You could also consider installing a movement-activated, battery-operated shed alarm inside the van.
"Tools should be visibly marked with your postcode, and it is worth reviewing your vehicle's security - would it benefit from having additional locks fitted?"
For more information, call Peter on 101 ext 395387 or visit www.uttlesfordnhw.org.uk