SOMERSET NEWS: Tool thefts from vans on the increase

SOMERSET NEWS: Tool thefts from vans on the increase

POLICE are asking people to be vigilant in the Somerset West policing district – which includes Bridgwater, Minehead and Taunton - following an increase in tool thefts from vans.

Since the beginning of January 2018 there have been a total of 52 thefts in the three towns. Thieves are forcing their way into vehicles by breaking windows and doors. Victims have reported hand and power tools being taken in the majority of cases.

Sgt Stuart Williams said: “We want to remind all van owners to remove tools from their vehicles overnight and if they are unable to do that to follow some of our simple steps below to prevent them becoming a victim of this crime.

Police recommend motorists empty a work van overnight, but if this is not possible you can carry out any of the following steps:

Permanently mark tools with your business name or postcode to make them identifiable.

Register them at .

Keep them inside a secure storage cage or box anchored within the vehicle.

Set the alarm as well as locking the van.

Park in a secure garage or with the doors against a wall or against another vehicle to make access more difficult.

Check out  for security products.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously around a vehicle in these areas call 101 or if you witness a crime in progress call 999.