Spate of tool thefts from South Tyneside work vans

Tradesmen warned to lock up their tools.
Tradesmen warned to lock up their tools.

Police are warning tradesmen to be on their guard against having their tools stolen.

The move follows a recently spate of thefts from trade vehicles in the Hebburn area of South Tyneside, in particular streets near Argyle Street towards the Tyne.

Regular patrols will be carried out in the area throughout the night, but people are reminded to remove tools from vans overnight.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Matt Hough said: "Removing tools from the van at night may be extra inconvenience for people, but it may be crucial in helping prevent those tools from being stolen.

"Tradespeople rely on their tools to carry out their job so it is worth doing everything possible to protect them."

Police offer the following advice:

1. Remove tools from the van overnight.

2. Display a sticker letting people know tools are not kept in the van overnight.

3. Park in a garage or well-lit area.

4. Park with the back door close to a wall or garage so it cannot be opened easily.

5. Double check the van is locked before leaving it.