Bedfordshire Police issue tool theft warning after more than 100 Ford Transit vans targeted

Bedfordshire Police is urging tradespeople not to leave tools in cars and vans overnight after more

Bedfordshire Police is urging tradespeople not to leave tools in cars and vans overnight after more than 100 thefts from Ford Transits have been reported. - Credit: Archant

‘Don’t leave your tools in a car or van overnight – that’s the message to tradespeople across Bedfordshire from police after more than 100 thefts from Ford Transit vans have been reported in less than two months.

Since the start of September, Bedfordshire Police has received more than 100 reports of thefts from Ford Transit vans. Even if the vehicle is locked, some offenders are able to break in with no signs of forced entry – by using devices which override the locking system.

The force is now encouraging tradespeople to store tools and other equipment in a safe and secure place overnight, and not to leave them inside their vehicle.

Sgt Ben Dimmock, from the crime reduction team, said: “We have received a number of reports recently about thefts from motor vehicles, and would encourage the public to take some simple steps to keep their property safe.

“Please consider removing tools, equipment or any other valuables from your car. Instead leave them in a safe and secure place overnight.


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“If you have been approached by anyone selling tools, please contact us via 101.”

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