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Thefts of tools from vans

Alert message sent 23/03/2020 14:24:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Just wanted to issue an alert to all van owners following a number of theft of tools from vans over the weekend.
  • Tools were stolen overnight March 20 and 21 from a van parked in Bartley.
  • A van was broken into between March 20 and March 22 whilst in Dibden Purlieu
  • Last night (March 22) two people were seen trying to break into a van in New Milton

We are doing all we can to contact businesses with tradesman still working with advice on how to keep their tools safe. We are also paying specific attention to hotspot areas to deter these crimes.
However, as you know, we can’t be everywhere all the time and a lot of people are self-employed, which is why our advice to those who store tools in their van should try and follow the below:
Park your vehicle in a secure area (in a garage or behind locked gates, if possible).
If you can’t, park in easy view of your own or neighbours’ houses.
Where possible, remove valuable items from the vehicle overnight and store them in a secure place.
Do not leave tools or equipment on view inside the vehicle.
Consider fitting an appropriate alarm system, protecting the cabin and load areas.
Apply a security marking product to power tools and equipment (further details available on request). Alternatively, etch or emboss identifiable marks to these items.
Consider installing secure storage containers or lockers in the van to store tools in.
Ensure that the van doors are securely lockable and consider having suitable deadlocks installed.
Make sure to physically check that the van doors and windows are locked if you have used the remote to lock the vehicle, even if the feedback indicates the van as locked.
When visiting businesses, try to park close to the entrance and preferably in the view of any CCTV.
Message sent by
Marisa Charles (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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