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Suffolk police launch 'Get Tool Smart' campaign

PUBLISHED: 13:47 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:47 09 March 2018

Police are investigating a burglary in North Lopham. Picture: Archant

Police are investigating a burglary in North Lopham. Picture: Archant

Police have launched a new campaign to reduce the number of tool thefts in Suffolk.

Suffolk Constabulary announced the campaign alongside the dates and locations of drop-in sessions to raise awareness.

The campaign will highlight the ways the public can reduce the likelihood of tool theft, with emphasis on van drivers.

This will include tips on how to mark tools with unique and traceable paint, installing extra security devices inside vans, and parking advice for van drivers.

Stickers saying “I’m Tool Smart” are also being sent to businesses across the county to be stuck to vans and outbuildings to deter potential thieves.

Drop-in sessions in Halesworth will be held between 9am and noon at Ridgeons Builders Merchants and 1pm and 3pm at the Co-op Supermarket on Saxons Way, both on Monday, March 12.

Police also advise van drivers to;

■ Always lock all doors and shut windows, physically checking van doors are locked.

■ Park in a garage or secure area where possible.

■ Park with the doors against a wall.

■ If you park on your driveway consider installing motion activated CCTV.

■ Be particularly aware when unloading.

■ Remove tools from the van if possible.

■ To increase the security of tools, you can bolt either a cage or box to the base of the van which should be secured with a sturdy close shackle padlock to reduce and deter further incidents.

■ Setting an alarm or immobiliser will make it more difficult for the offender.

■ Consider upgrading locks/fitting additional protection.

Information on police approved products can be found at www.securedbydesign.com

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