Your tools are at risk

Thieves are targeting trade vans parked overnight to steal tools.


Keep your vehicle locked and your keys secure

  • Park in a well-lit area and in clear view of your property and any CCTV cameras
  • If possible, reverse park against a wall or fence so rear doors are inaccessible. If possible, park to protect side doors too
  • Unload as many tools as you can from the van. It may seem like a chore but it’s better than not being able to work tomorrow!
  • Call 999 immediately if you see a crime in progress
  • or any suspicious activity around trade vans. Note registration numbers of vehicles and descriptions of those involved

Things to do to make your van and tools secure...

  • Ugrade the security on your van and fit an independent alarm. Don't rely on the factory fitted alarm. Select one accredited by
  • 'Thatcham' and always use it. Or contact your local dealership for advice and information on the latest security upgrades available.
  • Fit additional locks on your van doors as some manufacturer's locks can be picked, which will also disable the alarm.
  • Fit a quality tool chest in your van and secure it with a 'Sold Secure' padlock.
  • Mark your tools so they can easily be identified as belonging to you. Here are some suggestions how:
  • Engrave your name, postcode and phone number together with ‘IF SOLD, CALL ME’
  • Spray paint your tools a bright colour such as hot pink. This literally makes them too hot to handle!
  • Keep an up-to-date list of your tools, including photographs and serial numbers, registered on www.immobilise.com - the world’s largest FREE register of possessions and their owners. This will help all UK police forces to trace owners if the property is recovered.

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