Tools taken in fresh spate of Ford Transit van break-ins in Baldock
PUBLISHED: 14:59 04 January 2017
Thieves have broken into five Ford Transit vans in Baldock in the past week and a half, taking tools – and police have today urged motorists to remain vigilant.
Herts police crime prevention advice
•Make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows whenever you leave your van unattended.
•Never leave any valuables visible – keep ALL possessions out of sight. Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your jacket pocket or file left on the seat, a thief may try their luck.
•Remove tools from your van when left over night
•If removal of tools is not possible, fit a tool safe and ensure it is fully secured with good quality locks.
•Consider parking your van close to a hedge or wall in order to restrict access for anyone trying to get inside.
•Engrave or mark tools and their boxes with your postcode and house number.
•Fit additional external locks to van doors.
•Use an approved steering lock or gear clamps, and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have one.
•Fit a dual band tracking device that works on VHF/UHF and GPS to ensure that one tracking system is still functioning if criminals use GPS blocking techniques to avoid detection. Purchase devices to ‘Thatcham’ and ‘SBD’ approval to combat this type of vehicle theft, as vehicles equipped with a tracking device are often promptly recovered.
•Use a ‘Pedal Box Guard’ to encase the pedals when the vehicle is not in use.
•Fit an on-board diagnostic (OBD) safe device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s OBD port, inside the cabin, to prevent additional keys being coded.
•Herts police recommends products that are ‘Sold Secure’ – see soldsecure.com for details – or ‘Secured By Design’, see securedbydesign.com.
•Hertfordshire residents can get a 10 per cent discount on vehicle security products through protectavan.co.uk.
The first theft was in The Gardens between 7pm and 9.20pm, with power tools taken. Power tools were also taken from a van in St Mary’s Way between 11.30pm and 11.45pm on Monday.
Between 5pm that day and 8am today, a van in Walnut Avenue was broken into, but nothing was taken from inside.
Tools were also taken from a van in Chilvers Bank at some point between December 24 and today, and a van in Maltings Close overnight from Monday to Tuesday.
Sgt Alan Clarke, from the Baldock safer neighbourhood team, said: “I am appealing for anyone who believes they saw anything suspicious in these areas between the times stated to contact police.
“I’d also like to remind motorists to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity around parked vehicles.
“There is some simple crime prevention advice that van owners can follow to help protect themselves from becoming victims of crime, including ensuring vehicles are properly secured, removing valuables and tools from vehicles at night if practicable, fitting additional locks to vans and security marking tools.”
Witnesses should call police on 101, quoting the relevant crime reference number.
The reference for the theft in The Gardens is G3/17/8, and that in St Mary’s Way is G3/17/9. Walnut Avenue is G3/17/10, Chilvers Banks is G3/17/11, and Maltings Close is G3/17/12.
Those with information can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or use their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.