'Get Tool Smart' sessions to be held in Mildenhall, Newmarket and Brandon
Following a series of thefts of tools from vans and outbuildings such as sheds and garages recently, Suffolk Constabulary have launched a countywide crime prevention campaign to raise awareness and reduce incidents.
The ‘Get Tool Smart’ campaign highlights measures that can be taken by the public to protect themselves from this type of theft. It includes advice to van drivers to, including where any how to park vehicles, installing additional security devices inside vans and tips on marking tools with a unique, traceable paint.
Posters are being circulated to businesses and building trade suppliers across Suffolk advising people of the scheme. Once done, a sticker, ‘I’m Tool Smart’, has been produced which can be displayed on the vehicle/outbuilding, deterring offenders from stealing the marked tools.
In a bid to raise awareness of this type of theft, Safer Neighbourhood policing teams are holding a crime prevention ‘drop-in’ session in Brandon, Mildenhall and Newmarket:
Monday 16th April
Forest Heath Fasteners, Hampsted Avenue, Mildenhall IP28 7AS 10am -1pm
Monday 16th April
Ridgeons, Studlands Business Centre, Newmarket CB8 7ER 1:30pm – 4pm
Wednesday 19th April
Travis Perkins Builders Merchants, 40 Wimbledon Avenue, Brandon IP27 ONZ
1pm – 3pm
Officers will be available to demonstrate marking tools with a unique, traceable paint available from Smart Water and DNA Selecta as well as giving crime prevention advice on other new security products such as CCTV cubes which can be fitted inside vehicles to deter offences taking place.
Van owners/drivers can register their tools for free at www.immobilise.com by taking note of the serial numbers and models, and to use ultraviolet pen to (invisibly) mark their property, which increases the chances of having them returned in the event of being lost or stolen.
Police are urging motorists to lock their car and remove all valuables, no matter whether you park on, or off road. Thieves will enter private properties, public carparks and garages to look for insecure vehicles.
Van drivers should also consider the following measures to reduce the risk of being a victim of crime:
• Always lock all doors & shut windows, physically checking van doors are locked.
• Park in a garage or secure area where possible.
• Park with the doors against a wall.
• If you park on your driveway consider installing motion activated CCTV.
• Be particularly aware when unloading.
• Remove tools from the van if possible.
• To increase the security of tools, you can bolt either a cage or box to the base of the van which should be secured with a sturdy close shackle padlock to reduce and deter further incidents.
• Setting an alarm or immobiliser will make it more difficult for the offender.
• Consider upgrading locks/fitting additional protection.
• Information on Police approved products can be found at www.securedbydesign.com
If you are offered tools in suspicious circumstances, please do not buy them and let police know immediately via 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For further crime prevention advice visit: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/roads-and-vehicles/tool-smart and http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z