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Theft of tools from vans

Alert message sent 30/11/2016 10:19:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is urging van drivers to secure their vans following a recent spate of thefts in Milton Keynes.
Theft of tools from all makes and types of vans have been taking place, mainly overnight from around 6pm.  
The following advice is provided for all van owners to help safeguard their tools and equipment.
  • Register your tools – register your tools on Immobilise the national property register at where you can record makes, models, serial numbers etc.
  • Property marking – security mark your tools to deter criminals, either engrave or obviously mark the tools with a permanent marker or paint, with your post code and house number. Also use an ultraviolet pen to covertly mark the tools or use a covert product such as Smartwater or Selecta DNA. Further details can be found at and
  • Secure your vehicle – ensure your vehicle is secure and locked when not in use. Consider additional locks specific to vans. Further information can be found on the internet.
  • Leave your vehicle empty – if possible remove all valuable tools overnight.
  • Alarm your vehicle – have an alarm fitted to your vehicle if there isn’t one already fitted.
  • Park in a secure area if possible park in busy, visible, secure areas. Try to park with the rear doors close to a building, garage door etc to make gaining access more difficult.
  • Install internal security – consider installing a robustly locked internal metal cage, tool store/box. A moveable store or box must be well secured to the vehicle.
There is also further crime prevention advice on the Thames Valley Police website at
If you have any information on crime, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or Thames Valley Police on 101.
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Luigi Straccia (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley Police)

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