Village of Haddenham

More 'Theft From Vans' Warnings

Home » News » More Theft From Van Warnings
Van Theft 02
Van Theft 03

Thames Valley Police is advising local van owners to be especially vigilant after a recent increase in tool thefts from vans across Aylesbury Vale.

Not only are opportunist thieves taking advantage of unlocked vans while tradespeople are working close by, there have also been incidents of locked doors being 'peeled back' by ruthless gangs.

PC Dean Kingham from Aylesbury Police Station said: "We have recently seen a spike in vans being targeted by thieves for their tools and as a result of this patrols have been increased across the Local Police Area, targeting key locations, educating the public and targeting those committing these offences within our community.

"Tools are extremely valuable possessions and when stolen, can impact hugely on small businesses. Van owners are reminded to remove their tools from the vehicle when it is left unattended for long periods of time and overnight.

"Vehicle criminals are opportunists, and you can help to prevent vehicle-related crime by taking the following simple security measures.

  • 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.
  • Remove tools from your van when left overnight.
  • If removal of tools is not possible, fit a tool safe and ensure it is fully secure.
  • Consider parking your van close to a hedge or wall in order to restrict access for anyone trying to get inside. Always park your van in well-lit areas.
  • Engrave or mark tools and their box with your details. Use a Postcode as this will make it easier to return recovered items.
  • Fit additional external locks to van doors.
  • Keep a list of tools, together with serial numbers and any identifying marks. You can do this at the immobilise website, to help trace them back to you if they are recovered

For more crime prevention advice and information please visit the Thames Valley Police website.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Poppies & Doves 01
Loraine Milmer: Tue 19 Mar 9:00am

Thanks to the amazing community response last autumn for poppies and doves for Remembrance Day, we have stored a large number of poppies that were knitted, crocheted or crafted from felt. It would be wonderful to re-use them on an annual basis.One suggestion is that we create a 'pop-up' display, which can be used each November.If you would like to be involved or if you have any ideas...

Tots Tennis 01
Haddenham Webteam: Sat 16 Mar 9:00am

Haddenham Tennis Club is offering Easter Tennis Camps -- fun days, for ages 4 to 14 yrs, held at Haddenham Tennis Club, Haddenham Playing Fields on Woodways. (Four-year-olds will only be accepted for half days if they have an older sibling attending.)WEEK 1 -- Monday 8th until Friday 12th AprilWEEK 2 -- Monday 15th until Thursday 18th AprilCost per full day (10.00am — 3.00pm): £20 for...

Phone Scam Graphic
Haddenham Webteam: Fri 15 Mar 5:00pm

Scams online and via telephone are increasingly inventive and a serious risk to the unwary. Please help the elderly and vulnerable know how to spot them and avoid becoming a victim. The latest one we've heard about, received this week by an elderly resident of Haddenham, was an attempt to extract banking details over the telephone in order to transfer "a council tax rebate"...