Police security advice as thieves target vans

POLICE are warning van owners to check their security measures following a rise in the theft of vehicles and tools across the Avon & Somerset force area.

Recent incidents include the theft of tools from a van in St Keyna Road, Keynsham, between 9pm and 10.15pm on Monday January 15 (crime reference 5224012689).

Someone tried to break into a van in Maesbury Road, Keynsham, at about 9.45pm on Monday January 15. A screwdriver or something similar was used to make a hole in the door, which activated the alarm and scared the offender off (5224012667).

If you have any information regarding these incidents, especially CCTV images, please call the police on 101 and give the call handler the relevant reference number and ask that the call is tagged as Neighbourhood Watch. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Meanwhile, advice issued to van owners by the police includes:

*Lock doors and shut windows.

*Keep all belongings out of sight.

*Remove tools overnight, or fit a tool safe/van vault secured with good-quality approved locks.

*Consider parking near a hedge or wall to restrict access for thieves.

*Engrave or mark tools and their boxes with your postcode and house number.

*Fit extra external locks to van doors.

*Fit an approved alarm and immobiliser and remember to set it at all times.

*Use stickers to highlight that your van has added security.

*Use an approved steering lock, gear clamp or pedal box guard.

*Fit an on-board diagnostic (OBD) safe device.

*Tracking devices will help the police find your stolen vehicle.