Van drivers have been urged to secure their vans following a spate of thefts across the city over the last two months.
Since November there have been 53 thefts of tools from vans, mainly occurring overnight from around 6pm.
Thames Valley Police are advising van drivers to take the following steps:
*Register your tools – Visit the national property register Immobilise at www.immobilise.com to record makes, models, serial numbers etc;
*Property marking – Security mark tools to deter criminals, either engrave or obviously mark the tools with a permanent marker or paint, with your post code and house number. Also use an ultraviolet pen to covertly mark the tools or use a covert product such as Smartwater or Selecta DNA. Further details can be found at www.smartwater.com and www.selectadna.co.uk;
*Secure your vehicle – Ensure your vehicle is secure and locked when not in use. Consider additional locks specific to vans;
*Leave your vehicle empty – If possible remove all valuable tools overnight;
*Alarm your vehicle – Have an alarm fitted if there isn’t one already;
*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.
Further crime prevention advice is available on the Thames Valley Police website at www.thamesvalley.police.uk
If you have any information on crime, you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or Thames Valley Police on 101.