Tool Thefts From Vans Crime Prevention Roadshows Kelso Galashiels Hawick
Following recent incidents involving thefts of tools from trades vans, Police in the Scottish Borders supported by SBC Safer Communities are working with Secured by Design Company, Trade Vehicle Locks, to hold three local events to offer specific crime prevention advice;
11th June 1000-1400 - Kelso - Travis Perkins
12th June 1000-1400 - Galashiels – Graham Plumbers Merchant
13th June 1000-1400 - Hawick - Howdens
Stop by if you are in the area for some advice to help protect your valuable tools;
• Trade Vehicle Locks Industry Specialists
• Local Community and Crime Prevention Officers
• Free motion-sensor alarm for first 20 attendees at each event
We would advise trade van owners to consider the following security measures.
• Ideally, remove high value tools from the vehicle at the end of the day. Wheeled bags can assist with this.
Apply stickers stating that no tools are left in the van overnight.
• If this is not practical, use in-van tool safes that are robustly locked and secured to the frame of the van.
• Install additional dead lock bolts and/or hook locks on doors to prevent access if the main locking system is overcome.
• Use in-van alarms (battery operated, vibration/movement sensitive alarms are readily available).
• Security mark your high value tools (e.g. with a DNA-based marking system) AND affix signage to the van to this effect.
• Park the vehicle to restrict access to rear or side doors e.g. back to back with another vehicle or backing onto a wall.
• Park the vehicle in a well-lit, overlooked, location. If parked outside your house consider installing a security light directly illuminating it.
Although these measures cannot completely guarantee the security of your tools, they can provide a significant deterrent effect.
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