Advice issued to drivers as thefts from vehicle riseMore than 30 vans targeted for tools in last two weeksVisit our crime prevention pages for advice

Drivers are being advised to take steps to protect their vehicles following an increase in items being stolen across the county.

Over the last two weeks more than 30 offences of tools being stolen from vans were recorded across the county, with East Herts and Broxbourne being the main areas targeted. Thieves have also been targeting insecure vehicles and those with items left in them, with increased numbers of offences in St Albans and Dacorum.

Inspector Nicki Dean from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Team said: “Thieves are always looking for an opportunity and anything valuable left in a vehicle, either tools, cash, phones or even a bag can encourage them to break in.

“There are a number of steps you can take to help prevent your van from being targeted. Simplest of all – remember to properly lock it and double check before you leave it.

“Never leave any valuables visible. Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your jacket pocket or file left on the seat, a thief may try their luck.

“You should remove tools from your van when left over night and if this isn’t possible, fit a tool safe and ensure it is fully secured with good quality locks.

Some further steps you can take to keep you property safe:

Remove tools from your van when left over nightIf removal of tools is not possible, fit a tool safe and ensure it is fully secured with good quality locks.Consider parking your van close to a hedge or wall in order to restrict access for anyone trying to get inside.Engrave or mark tools and their boxes with your postcode and house number.Fit additional locks external locks to van doors. Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form (opens in new window).

Download the new OWL app to keep up to date with police news on the go. No registration is needed. To get the app, search the App Store or Google Play for ‘OWL crime alerts’ or use these links Google Play (opens in a new window) or App Store (opens in a new window) 

If you have information about the tool thefts, report information online, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat or call the non-emergency number 101.  If a crime is in progress or someone’s life is in danger, call 999 immediately.

Find more advice on our vehicle security pages

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