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Volunteers on Patrol as Police in Derby give advice to Van Owners

Posted on 23rd November 2016
PSV Mackworth PSV Tariq Abdullah

A team of Police Support Volunteers (PSVs) has been patrolling Mackworth to give van owners crime prevention advice. 

The PSVs joined Mackworth Safer Neighbourhood Team on the evening of Wednesday, November 16 to patrol and check vans parked up in the Derby suburb after a number of thefts reported in the area. 

This team has been recruited to support the crime prevention officer for the division, Kate Bowyer, who said: “The volunteers are members of the public who want to get involved in policing in order to make a difference to their community. They have been trained in basic crime prevention and on this occasion they have given their time to support the local Safer Neighbourhood time to give residents advice to help prevent thefts from vans.” 

During the evening more than 100 vehicles were checked and advice given to the owners. 

Kate has the following advice for van owners:  “If you use a van for work, one of your biggest concerns is likely to be its theft, or someone breaking in to steal goods or tools.

“Vehicle criminals will always go for vulnerable targets that might offer high reward and, sadly, the combination of valuable tools and sometimes poor security makes van theft too tempting a choice for many criminals.”

“Of course, the ideal situation would be for you to park your van in a locked, alarmed garage every evening, but we understand that is not always possible. However, there are some tips to help reduce the risk of theft.”

  • Always lock doors and close the windows when you’re away from your vehicle, even for a short time
  • Park on a driveway under a security, sensor light and if possible with the rear or side doors parked right up against a wall. If not park in busy, well-lit areas
  • Don’t leave any valuables such as phones or sat-navs visible, and definitely never leave your keys in the van
  • Whenever possible, remove tools, stock and other equipment from the van, especially when leaving it overnight
  • Ensure your tools are security marked, that you know the serial numbers and that items are registered with, it only takes a couple of minutes and once your property is registered if it is found or recovered anywhere in the country you stand a better chance of getting it back
  • If you have security devices such as a tracker or an alarm, make sure that prospective thieves know about it by placing a warning sticker on your van - it can be more than enough to put them off
  • Many vans will come with an alarm fitted as standard if not , consider fitting a vehicle alarm and immobiliser – many insurance companies will reduce premiums for this measure and in any case ensure the vehicle alarm is set when the vehicle is unattended. 

For more information on volunteering or further crime prevention advice visit

You can also contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team for details of tool marking events where you can have your tools marked for free. Call them on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.



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