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Theft of tools from vans

Alert message sent 23/10/2019 09:56:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Wednesday 23rd October, 2019


With increasing reports of tools being stolen from trade vans it is important that you do what you can to secure them.

Make it as hard as possible for opportunists to steal from your vehicle by:

- Removing valuables
- Securing all entry points
- Parking it in well lit and populated areas

If you have to leave tools in a van overnight, mark them clearly with your name/company name and address using paint pens and seal with a clear lacquer spray.

Items that are clearly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on. 

Be cautious of tools being sold informally such as at car boot sales or online marketplaces.

You can also take photographs of items of value, make a note of the serial numbers and/or consider registering them (for free) online at a property register site like Immobilise.

If you see anything suspicious or if you do become a victim of theft or damage to your vehicle from an attempt, get in touch as soon as possible through 101 or online to report it (

In an emergency always call 999

You can also report crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111 or online at

We hope you find this information useful and please share with friends, family and neighbours.

Kind regards,

Prevention Support Team.

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If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at


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