Thefts from vans are on the rise

August 04 2017

WE'VE recently seen an increase in tool thefts from vans across South Gloucestershire. Please tell us if you see anyone acting suspiciously. This crime really does impact on tradespeople’s livelihoods.

WE'VE recently seen an increase in tool thefts from vans across South Gloucestershire. Please tell us if you see anyone acting suspiciously. This crime really does impact on tradespeople’s livelihoods.

We know it’s not always possible to empty a work van overnight, but we’d recommend it if you can. Otherwise:

• Permanently mark tools with your business name or postcode to make them identifiable

• Keep them inside an anchored, secure storage cage or box within the vehicle

• Set the alarm as well as locking the van

• Park it in a secure garage or with the doors against a wall or another vehicle to make access more difficult

If you see anyone trying to break into a van, call 999 immediately. If you see something suspicious but aren’t sure, then ring 101.

Don’t help to create a market for stolen goods – we want to hear from you if you see tools offered for sale, online or in person, at a suspiciously cheap price.

 

 PCSO Cath Boyce recently visited Longwell Green Primary School to teach the Year 3 children how to stay safe.

She talked about using social media and playing online on games consoles, explaining how to make accounts private and how important it is to tell a grown-up if they see something online which worries them.

PCSO Boyce also reminded the children not to share any personal information, or any pictures or video which might show where they live or go to school.

She explained that staying together and never going anywhere with strangers would help them stay safe when playing out. Children should always make sure a parent or carer knows where they are and who they are with.

If a child is worried by someone, they should always run away home and tell an adult straight away.

PCSO Boyce held a competition to see who could design a police car with the most striking safety message. PCSO Andrew Lagana-Forbes came to choose the winners, Louie and Amelia, who were given a colouring gift bag.

We think all the children’s designs were fantastic!

 

PC Lee Humphreys