- Created on Friday, 27 November 2015 09:59
Van drivers in Hadfield are being urged to protect their vehicles from thieves following high value tool thefts in the town. Overnight between 10pm on Wednesday, November 25 and 7am today (Thursday, November 26) thieves forced entry to a number of vans in the Hadfield area and made off with large quantities of tools. Offenders forced the rear doors of a Peugeot Boxer that was parked along Carriage Drive in Hadfield and made off with a number of power tools. Two Bosch electric drills and a Makita hammer drill were stolen after thieves gained entry to another Peugeot Boxer van that was parked along Pikes Lane.
Other incidents took place along Hadfield Road in Hadfield.
Following the thefts, police are urging motorists, particularly tradespeople, to take extra security steps to protect their vans from being targeted by thieves.
Crime prevention advice includes:
• Before leaving your vehicle unattended, ensure that it is properly secure, with the windows up and the alarm activated;
• Wipe away any visible marks left behind by a phone cradle or sat nav;
• Remember, what isn’t there cannot be taken. Where possible, try to remove all valuable items, especially tools, out of the vehicle completely. If this isn’t possible, always keep them out of view from passers-by;
• 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. By doing so, this will make your possessions identifiable and traceable should they be stolen and recovered, and also less attractive to thieves;
• Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Anyone with any information about the overnight tool thefts is asked contact PC Jonathan Owen on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For crime prevention advice or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, and follow them on Twitter: @HadfieldSNT