Police issue warning after further tool thefts across borough

Police have issued a warning following another spate of tool thefts from vans in the area.

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Slough police is urging motorists to be vigilant following a number of thefts of tools and other items from unattended vans.

Since Friday 25thth February nine offences have been reported in Langley and Cippenham.   Two offences have been reported on Colnbrook High Street.

The types of vans targeted have been Vauxhall Combo, Citroen Dispatch, Ford Transit and Peugeot Partner vans. All of the offences have taken place overnight, and have occurred on residential roads across the borough. Tools have been stolen, or attempted to be stolen on each occasion.

Det Sgt Madoc-Jones, from Local CID in Slough, said:

“I would like to warn local residents and trades people about the current increase in offences where unattended vans have been targeted, and to take additional care with their vehicles and property, as well as considering additional security measures.

“We are continuing to see 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.

“I would also like to ask that the public be extra vigilant around unattended vans parked across Slough and report any suspicious activity and anyone loitering around vans to the Police immediately.”

Anyone with any information about who maybe committing this type of crime is encouraged to call Thames Valley Police on 101 or if they wish to remain anonymous to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Crime prevention advice

The following prevention/reduction actions and advice will assist police and partners to reduce the potential risk of crime and prevent members of the public from becoming victims.

  • Always remove tools from your van where possible and keep them in a locked store
  • If you own a garage, always use it to secure your vehicle
  • Always check that your vehicle has locked correctly if using a key fob, don’t assume that it has locked- double check
  • If you have to park your vehicle in a public place ensure that it is parked in a well lit location ideally covered by CCTV cameras
  • Consider fitting an internal alarm system to your vehicle separate from the installed vehicle alarm, low cost alarms are readily available
  • Fit internal security lockers or cages for your tools and use good quality padlocks to secure them
  • Consider fitting additional external security locks and use good quality padlocks.
  • Post-code or mark all tools using ultraviolet pens or engravers, forensic marking such as Selecta DNA or Smartwater can also be used
  • Keep a record of all your tools including serial numbers and identifying marks
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