A spate of thefts in an area of Watford has prompted a warning for van owners to review their safety.
Nine vehicle thefts have been reported this month in the Tudor area, which stretches from near Watford Junction to Watford North station.
Herts Police say thousands of pounds of tools have been stolen, with PC Aaron George adding the thefts “have had a huge impact on the victims as it often prevents them from working”.
Officers are doing all they can and police patrols have been increased, PC George said, but the best way to protect tools is to remove all valuables from vehicles when they leave them unattended.
Other tips include double checking locks and windows, parking near CCTV or doorbell cameras, parking near walls or hedges, installing additional alarms or locks, including lockable cabinets in the van, permanently marking tools, taking photos and checking in valuables.
Police advise marking tools with paint pens and sealing them with clear lacquer spray or using proprietary marking systems. This makes the tools harder to sell and therefore less attractive to thieves.
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. Nine thefts in of the vans Tudor Ward Watford trigger warning