Following a rise in thefts, Police have issued a warning for van owners to lock up and empty their vehicles, before the contents are stolen.
The warning comes across the central policing division, which includes Chelmsford, after a rise in thefts.
Essex Police crime reduction advisor, Stephen Armson-Smith, said: “We are concerned about the rise in thefts from motor vehicles, some of which could have been prevented. A high number of vans have been entered and tools have been removed, which is extremely stressful when the tools are needed for a business or trade.
“If you own, or know a neighbour, friend or work-mate who owns a van, please make them aware of security. If they have tools on board, think about removing them overnight. Also make a point of property marking any equipment with their postcode using a permanent marker pen, or a UV pen.
“You might also like to register your property on www.immobilise.com – this is a completely free service.”
The following items are of particular interest to a thief, so should never be left in your vehicle – satellite navigation systems, MP3 players, mobile phones, laptops, wallets, purses, credit and debit cards, cash and cheque books, electrical items, jewellery, power tools, work equipment and vehicle registration documents.
For more information on crime reduction and making your vehicle secure, visit the Essex Police website.