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Thefts from Vans

Posted on 8th September, 2017

Kent Police is reminding van owners to lock their vehicles and remove valuables


At around 10.45pm on Tuesday 18 July 2017, four men were reported to have stolen gardening equipment from a van.


Two of the men drove away in a car described as a VW Golf and the other two men described as wearing a white jumper and black jumper walked away from the scene. 


Property including a drill, hedge trimmer, leaf blower and two strimmers were stolen.


Inspector Rachael Cumberland said: 'The theft of tools and equipment from work vans can have a devastating impact on people’s livelihoods, so we would urge van owners to do all they can to reduce the chances of becoming a victim.'


There are a number of steps which can be taken to help prevent items being stolen from vans:


  • Remove all tools and equipment from your vehicle when it’s unattended.
  • Park in a well-lit secure location in a locked garage or on a driveway if possible.
  • Consider investing in additional locks that you can fit to your van.
  • Consider investing in CCTV and sensors which alert you when someone walks near your vehicle or enters the driveway.
  • Have valuables `security marked’ so it makes them harder to sell on if they are stolen.
  • Report anyone acting suspiciously.


Anyone who saw the men or who has information that may help is asked to contact Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting reference YY/020019/17.


Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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