POLICE in Chesterfield are urging tradesmen to lock their vehicles and remove tools to prevent thieves stealing expensive equipment.
Community safety officers are reminding workmen to look after their specialist tools, which if stolen could also cost them money in lost work as well as replacing them.
The advice is to keep vans locked during the day with equipment out of sight and for tools to be removed overnight.
Workers should also use stickers to tell would-be thieves that no tools are kept onboard overnight.
Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: “Tradesmen’s vans are attractive targets to opportunist thieves, due to the high value of equipment stored in them.
“Tools should be removed from vans at the end of the day and locked away somewhere secure.
“During the day every step should be taken to prevent thefts like this; tradesmen should keep their vehicles locked and tools out of sight.”
For more safety and crime prevention advice visit the website www.derbyshire.police.uk or call Derbyshire police on 0345 123 3333.