Seaton & Sidmouth local policing team news

Thieves target trade vans parked overnight to steal tools. Here are some things trades people can do to keep their tools and livelihoods safe:


  • Keep your vehicle locked and your keys secure

  • Park in a well-lit area and in clear view of your property and by any CCTV cameras

  • Park against a wall or fence so rear doors are inaccessible, side doors too if possible

  • Unload as many tools as you can. It’s a chore but it’s better than not being able to work tomorrow

  • Fit an independent alarm accredited by Thatcham

  • Fit additional locks on your van doors as some manufacturer's locks can be picked

  • 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. Keep an up-to-date list of your tools, including photographs and serial numbers, registered on

  • Call 999 immediately if you see a crime in progress or any suspicious activity around trade vans



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