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Crime prevention Hertfordshire

Van crime

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van crime protect van hertfordshire watford stevenage cheshunt borehamwood Vans are especially at risk from thieves because they often contain high-value equipment. In a six month period in Hertfordshire (Dec 15 - May 16), around £840,000 of van contents were stolen.

One theft saw £35,000 in computer servers stolen; in another, £17,000 in engineering tools were taken.

Theft can cost van owners thousands of pounds in the loss of equipment - but it also wastes the owner’s time replacing equipment and fixing the van. This can lead to average lost earnings of around £200 per day and cause frustration with the van owner’s clients.

To save yourself time, money and hassle, follow these simple steps:
  • Make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows whenever you leave your van unattended. 
  • Never leave any valuables visible. Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your jacket pocket, a thief may try their luck.
  • Remove tools from your van when left overnight. If you really can’t remove them, fit a tool safe and ensure it is fully secured with good quality locks.
  • Engrave or mark tools and their boxes with your postcode and house number – this’ll put thieves off as they will have to spend time removing the marks if they want to sell the tools on.

It also helps to:
  • Fit, check and set an alarm. Sometimes van owners believe they’re safe as they’ve purchased their vehicle with a functioning alarm – but it either doesn’t work or is not set properly, or isn't fitted.
  • Fit a dual band tracking device that works through radio frequencies AND GPS to ensure that one tracking system is still functioning if criminals use GPS blocking techniques to avoid detection.

To help drivers secure their vehicles, Hertfordshrie Constabulary have teamed up with www.ProtectAVan.co.uk who are offering a 10 per cent discount to drivers that live or work in Hertfordshire on Thatcham approved security devices, such as tool safes, steering locks and security marking of tools and vehicles.

For the full advice, visit the Constabulary's advice page.


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