Police are calling on van owners to be wary when it comes to parking their vehicles after a string of thefts.
Officers have noticed an increase in the number of thefts from vans across Staffordshire Moorlands towns and villages – with police working hard to identify those responsible.
Advice has now been issued and van owners are asked to:
Remove all tools from the van overnight
Park under street lighting
Park in view of CCTV/dashcams
Report any incidents to police immediately
Report suspicious activity to police immediately
Regularly check vehicles that are left unattended for periods of time.
Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, from Staffordshire Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “There has been a recent increase in thefts of tools from vehicles in Staffordshire with the Moorlands being a particular target.
"I am aware that tradesmen’s tools are a vital necessity and without which days of work can be lost along with vital income.
“We will continue to target those areas with increased patrols in order to bring offenders to justice but would like to provide potential victims of such crime of common sense tactics to try and avoid being a victim of crime.”
The warning comes as the force launches Operation Icy, which aims to catch those believed to be involved in thefts from vans and other motor vehicles.
Anyone with any information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.