Over the last few days a number of vans have been broken in to in the Fairford area and expensive power tools have been stolen.
All van drivers should consider the following measures to reduce the risk of being a victim of crime:
*Always lock all doors & 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 activated or doorbell 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.
If you are offered tools in suspicious circumstances, please do not buy them and let Police know immediately via 101.
You can also contact CRIMESTOPPERS ON 0800 555 111.
Your local Neighbourhood Team is aware of this issue and will be conducting extra patrols in the area. If you see us in your neighbourhood then please feel free to stop and speak to us to discuss any concerns you may have.
From Pcso Zee, Pc Neil and Pcso Andy (Fairford and Lechlade Neighbourhood Team)