Six thefts or attempted thefts from vans in the Duns (including Hawthorn Bank, Glebe Park and Station Road) and Reston (Main Street) areas have been reported to Borders police.
Thieves have been targeting vehicles that were likely to have tools and other equipment stored in them. Motorcycle parts and a Stihl saw are among the items taken. Investigations linked to a suspicious vehicle are ongoing. A dark blue coloured Mercedes Sprinter style van or similar with reflective lights on the sides towing a box style trailer was seen in suspicious circumstances in the Duns area between 2-4am on Tuesday morning.
If you saw a vehicle of this type or anything suspicious in these areas overnight, or have any information related to these crimes, please contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
There are some simple steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of this type of theft.
Park in a secure area – if possible, park in busy, visible, well-lit area. Try to park with the rear doors close to a building, garage door etc to make gaining access more difficult
Secure your vehicle – ensure your vehicle is secure and locked when not in use. Consider additional locks specific to vans
If possible, don’t store tools in vehicles overnight and display a notice that informs potential thieves that “no tools are kept within.”
Install internal security – consider installing a robustly locked internal metal cage, tool store/box. A moveable store or box must be well secured to the vehicle
Register your tools – register your tools on Immobilise, the national property register where you can record makes, models, serial numbers etc
Property marking – security mark your tools to deter criminals, either engrave or obviously mark the tools with a permanent marker or paint, with your postcode and house number. Also use an ultraviolet pen to mark the tools or use a forensic marking product such as Selecta DNA or Smartwater. Display a prominent sticker indicating that property is security marked.
Alarm your vehicle – have an alarm fitted to your vehicle if there isn’t one already fitted
Please report any suspicious activity to Police immediately by phoning 101 or 999 in an emergency.