Top ten tips

  1. Keep your vehicle locked, windows shut and your keys secure
  2. Park in a well-lit area and in clear view of your property and any CCTV cameras.
  3. Do not leave any valuables such as wallets, phones, Sat Navs etc. on display.
  4. Consider fitting a tool safe and secure it with good quality locks.
  5. Try to park your van close to a building or hedge to restrict access.
  6. If possible, remove all tools from the van when it is left overnight.
  7. Take photographs of items of value and make a note of serial numbers.
  8. Consider fitting an alarm that is Secured by Design accredited.
  9. Mark the items of property/tools that are stored in the vehicle using an artificial DNA property marker such as Smartwater or SelectaDNA.
  10. Call 999 immediately if you see a crime in progress or any suspicious activity around trade vans. Note the registration numbers of vehicles and descriptions of those involved.
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