TRADESPEOPLE in Droitwich are being warned to be on their guard after a spate of tool thefts from vans over the weekend.
The first one happened between 5pm on Friday and 4pm on Sunday when a van was parked on a driveway in Drovers Way.
After drilling a hole in the back door to trigger the lock the thieves stole two Dewalt power drills worth £1,000.
Then in Paddock Way, between 1am and midday on Sunday, a Dewalt drill was stolen from a Citroen Berlingo.
On that occasion the thieves smashed the quarterlight in the passenger window.
And at van in Brecon Close was broken into but on that occasion – after thieves used a crowbar to force open the back doors – nothing was taken.
Following the incidents, Droitwich Police have reiterated their warning to tradespeople to take their tools out of their vehicles when leaving them unattended.
They also urge drivers to consider increasing their vehicle security by installing deadlocks, park them in well-lit areas and, if on a driveway, think about security lights or a driveway alarm.
Officers said vans could also be reversed close to a wall or garage so the doors cannot be opened easily.
They have also urged people to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour they see by calling 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.