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Work tools and garden and building equipment are a prime target for thieves in this area and are rarely recovered. If you want to improve the chances of getting them back, you must play your part in trying to minimise the opportunity for theft and try to help recovery/identification. After a second claim, insurance premiums become too prohibitive for most people.
Second-hand tools can be easily disposed of on Facebook, E-Bay, GumTree, second-hand shops etc and without any means of positive identification chances of recovery of your stolen property are minimal.
Similar problems occur in surrounding counties, here are the most recent precautions issued by Lincolnshire Police.
- Consider fitting a tool safe and secure it with good quality locks
- It may sound obvious, but ensure the van is locked and windows shut whenever it is left unattended
- Keep all possessions out of sight – don’t leave jackets, sat navs etc on show
- Try to park your van close to a building or hedge to restrict access.
- Whenever possible park in an area that is covered by CCTV
- If your van is older, consider fitting new locks that are more difficult to compromise – it is not as expensive as you might think
- Fit an alarm – there are various alarms on the market but we recommend products that are Thatcham/Secured by Design accredited. However, a small stand-alone PIR shed type alarm with texting/calling facility or personal attack alarm when triggered can be very loud, act as a deterrent and let you know that your vehicle has been entered.
- Mark the items of property/tools that are stored in the van. Ideally mark them overtly with paint pens and then seal down with a clear lacquer spray. Mark property with the name of your company, the postcode, house or building number or name. Items that are overtly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on.
- Take photographs of items of value, make a note of serial numbers
This guidance applies to all your valuables, but tradespeople can least afford to lose the equipment of their livelihood.
Theft of charity box from Rutland Laundry, Melton Road at 3.30pm 16.12.19. I male distracted attendant and stole charity box. Male arrested.
Theft of handbag at the Admiral Hornblower, High Street, afternoon 18.12.19, whilst victim having lunch with friends. Suspects white male and female. Male tries to distract staff whilst female removes bag. Bag contains documents in name Kilpatrick, keys, purse etc. Later an unsuccessful attempt was made to use stolen documents to withdraw cash in Uppingham.
Attention requested to bags if attending crowded public areas, the method does not suggest a spur of the moment theft.
Assault/actual bodily harm, The Captain Noel Newton public house, High Street, between 10.15pm-10.35pm 20.12.19. Male refused entry due to intoxicated state, returns and assault four people. One male arrested.
Rutland North Beat.
Cottesmore – Vehicle parked Greetham Road, rear number plate stolen overnight 13/14th.12.19. Plate number FH66 JO*.
Stretton – Damage to side curtain of motor lorry parked overnight 16/17.12.19 on A1 slip road for Shires Lane. Curtain clearly cut to see if anything worth stealing but in process punctured container with chemicals for water treatment. Fire brigade required to wash away spillage.
Greetham – vehicle crime, overnight 18/19.12.19. attempt made to steal from secure vehicle in driveway of Begy Gardens. Cover of door handle prised off in attempted entry.
Rutland South Beat.
Ketton – burglary dwelling, Wotton Close. Victim leaves lounge floor window partly open. Later on the 19th partner finds window fully open and wallet stolen from kitchen area. Exit as entry. No further details of wallet or contents.
Morcott – Theft from secure pickup truck on driveway Wing Road overnight 18/19.12.19. Rear window of pickup removed (method not known). After tools removed window loosely replaced. Stolen two chain saws (kept out of sight under cover) Stihl model MS250 EV £500 and Husqvarna chainsaw model 545 Pro, new value £500.
Similar models are shown below, the colours are not known.
Morcott – theft of front number plate overnight 18/19.12.19 from vehicle parked in driveway Mount Pleasant Road. Stolen plate KP69 ZFY.
Theft from secure motor vehicle parked overnight 18/19.12.19, Chapel Walk, Adderley Street. Stolen from boot a beige rucksack (possibly Samsonite) containing dark blue, Jack Mills make water bottle and gym clothes, running leggings black with yellow stripe, and a 2015 Rugby World Cup T shirt and towel. EV £50.
Theft of foodstuffs at Central Garage, Ayston Road, about 4pm 19.12.19 female enters forecourt shop, places food in sack and walks to car driven by male accomplice and leaves without paying. Stolen 3 gammon joints and two pints of cider, value £62.97. Left in Ford Focus FB19 FE*. Suspects (i) white female, 40’s, 5’11”, long brown hair, wearing blue coat, matching hat and scarf, (ii) white male, 40’s, 5’11”, fat faced, wearing baseball cap, dark coat and jeans. Enquiries in hand to trace suspects.