Warning issued following spate of tool thefts from vans in Milton Keynes

    Thames Valley Police is urging van drivers to secure their vans following a spate of thefts in Milton Keynes.

    The police force that covers Milton Keynes has issued a warning to residents across the city after a spate of tool thefts. The force says that thefts of tools from all makes and types of vans have been taking place.

    Police are now urging residents to register all tools on Immobilise the national property register, here. The website allows you to record makes, models, serial numbers and more.

    People are also being told to mark their tools in a bid to deter criminals. Police say to either engrave or obviously mark the tools with a permanent marker or paint, with your post code and house number.

    Thames Valley Police have also issued the following advice:

    • Secure your vehicle – ensure your vehicle is secure and locked when not in use. Consider additional locks specific to vans. Further information can be found on the internet.
    • Leave your vehicle empty – if possible remove all valuable tools overnight.
    • Alarm your vehicle – have an alarm fitted to your vehicle if there isn’t one already fitted.
    • Park in a secure area – if possible park in busy, visible, secure areas. Try to park with the rear doors close to a building, garage door etc to make gaining access more difficult.
    • Install internal security – consider installing a robustly locked internal metal cage, tool store/box. A moveable store or box must be well secured to the vehicle.

    There is also further crime prevention advice on the Thames Valley Police website.

    If you have any information on crime, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or Thames Valley Police on 101

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