Tools worth thousands are stolen from vans

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THOUSANDS of pounds worth of tradesmen’s tools including drills, disc cutters, a leaf blower and a generator were stolen in a string of thefts from vans parked in Buxton.

Six vehicles in Anncroft Road, Dovedale Crescent, Ecclesbourne Drive, Holmefield and West Road were targeted between 3am on Saturday, December 15 and the early hours of Monday, December 17.

The tools stolen included a Makita disc cutter, a Hitachi cordless drill, a Makita rock breaker and a Stihl leaf blower.

The thefts have prompted a warning from police to tradesmen with work vans, to make sure their vehicles are locked and secured and, where possible, to store high-value tools indoors.

Sergeant Chris Parker said: “Some of the items stolen are essential to tradesmens’ livelihoods and are extremely expensive too.

“It is highly possible that other tradesmen might be approached to buy these stolen goods at a vastly reduced price – which is a crime in itself.

“I would urge anyone who has any information or suspects someone of handling or selling stolen goods to call us on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is completely anonymous.”

Police are also offering crime prevention advice, which includes registering all valuable tools and items on the free, secure national database

This is accessible by police and, if your stolen tools are later recovered, means officers can trace their owner and return them.

Tools with unique serial numbers should always be registered and all power tools should be property marked as a deterrent, with a combination of visible name or postcode numbers of the owner as well as covert marking with UV fluid such as SmartWater or Selecta DNA.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.