Alert as thieves raid four vans for tools in a week in Keynsham

Published on: 30 Mar 2017

Van owners in Keynsham are being warned to empty their vehicles of tools after a spate of thefts in recent weeks.

Thieves raided four vans in just one week, stealing a range of tools and equipment, and police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Between Tuesday, March 7, and Tuesday, March 14, the following incidents were reported:

• Between Tuesday, March 7, and Thursday,  March 9, thieves stole Makita, Festool and Paslode brand tools, including drills, a saw, a sander and a nail gun after forcing the lock of a Peugeot Boxer parked in Laburnum Walk

• Overnight Friday, March 10, to Saturday, March 11, the lock of a Citroen Relay in Sherwood Road was forced and Makita chisels, drills, battery pack, charger and DAB radio were taken

• Between Friday, March 10, and Monday, March 13, plumbers’ tools and other items including a Makita drill were taken from a Ford Transit in Tintagel Close

In the fourth incident, which happened between 7.15pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 14, when the lock was forced on a Renault Trafic van parked in Bristol Road, witnesses saw two men taking tools from the vehicle and chased them.

The suspects dropped some of the tools but escaped in a grey Renault with Makita and Dewalt items, including drills grinders, saws and batteries.

The men were both described as white and in their 20s, about 5ft 9ins tall with short dark hair. Both were wearing dark-coloured clothing.

Anyone with any information about these thefts is asked to get in touch through the police website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217056899. Alternatively ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Officers encourage van drivers to empty their vehicles overnight if possible and, if not, to make sure tools are kept in a secure box or cage anchored inside the vehicle.

Making tools and equipment identifiable can help to deter thieves. Police also suggest parking with the rear access doors against a wall or another vehicle and always locking and setting the alarm of vehicles every time they are left unattended.

Residents who hear an alarm are asked to check outside and call 999 if they see someone tampering with a vehicle.

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