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Crowthorne Parish Council
THAMES VALLEY POLICE ALERT
Criminals often target vans parked in areas such as hotel, supermarket and retail outlet car parks.
Follow these simple steps to help protect your tools:
Mark your tools
Take a photo of the serial number or identifying marks
Use a unique tamperproof sticker
Engrave tools with your initials or a memorable word
Use an ultraviolet pen
Remember to mark your batteries, too
Register your tools
Register your tools and serial numbers on a national property recording database such as Immobilise.
Secure your vehicle
Make sure your vehicle is locked with the windows shut when it’s left unattended. Even if you are popping back and forth to grab tools, criminals only need a moment to empty your van.
Empty your van
Where possible, empty your van of your tools overnight – don’t give criminals the opportunity to empty your van for you.
Install a dashcam or CCTV
Consider purchasing a dash cam or CCTV camera to deter criminals from targeting your van. Alarms are also good deterrents if one is not already fitted.
Park against a wall
Where possible, park your van overnight in a busy, well-lit area backed against or alongside a wall to make it difficult to gain access to the back of your van.
Use extra locks or cages
Consider purchasing dead locks or slam locks to further secure your vehicle. Security cages can also be installed inside your van so that even if someone gains access, they still can’t get to your tools.
Message Sent By
Karen Collins (Police, Admin/Co-ordinator, Wokingham)