Police issue new warning about tool thefts in Langley, Colnbrook, Poyle and Cippenham
Police are urging motorists to be vigilant following a number of thefts of tools and other items from unattended vans. Since Friday 6th November five offences have been reported in Langley, Colnbrook, Poyle and Cippenham.
The types of vans targeted have been Citroen Dispatch and Ford Transit vans. All of the offences have taken place overnight, and have occurred on residential roads or hotel car parks across the Borough. Tools have been stolen on each occasion.
Det Sgt Madoc-Jones, from Local CID in Slough, issued the following statement on Wednesday:
“We would like to warn local residents and trades people about the current increase in offences toward unattended vans and to take additional care with their vehicles and property, as well as considering additional security measures for their vans.
We are seeing a continuing trend in Slough, which is mirrored in neighbouring areas, of unattended vans being targeted by criminals for tools
“I am very aware that tools are extremely valuable and can have a huge impact on small businesses when stolen. It is really important that tradesmen and tradeswomen take action now to secure their vehicles over and above the standard provided by vehicle manufacturers.
“Please consider installing lock boxes, additional interior alarms, and above all mark your tools and other property. Marking property using etching tools and selecta DNA is preferable. This is essential in helping us identify victim’s property when we recover suspected stolen property.”
He called on the public to be extra vigilant around unattended vans parked across Slough after dark and to . report any suspicious activity or anyone loitering around vans to the Police.
Anyone with any information about who maybe committing this type of crime is encouraged to call TVP on 101 or if they wish to remain anonymous to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Following a number of successful operations in the last year, theft from motor vehicles in Slough is currently down 3% compared with this time last year and Police have detected 98 offences, which is a 197% increase on the previous year.