Thefts from vans in Crowborough


Two vans in Crowborough were broken into on Wednesday night with tools stolen.

A contractor’s van, a silver Ford, on Huntingdon Road was targeted by thieves after it was locked and parked overnight on Wednesday.  Between 7.15pm on Wednesday 15th and 6.45am the following morning, Makita, Dewalt and Sein power tools with an approximate total value of £400, were stolen following a search of the van.

Anyone in the area who may have seen something, or to report any other information relating to this incident, should contact Sussex Police, quoting reference 139 of 16/03.

Martins Gardens off Blackness Road in Crowborough (Google images 2011)

A second van was also broken into on Wednesday (15th March).  Between 4.30pm and 8.30am the following morning, tools were stolen from inside a works van parked on Martins Gardens also off Blackness Road in Crowborough.  Makita and Bosch power tools, with a total value of around £800 were stolen, along with a toolbox containing hand tools.

To report information about this incident please contact Sussex Police, quoting reference 1260 of 16/03.

This week’s email update from Wealden Police also refers to theft from a white transit van in Forest Row.

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident please contact Sussex Police or call 101, quoting the relevant reference number.

Advice to traders:

  • It is always best to remove tools and other items of property from your van overnight and store them somewhere safe.  If this isn’t possible, a lockable cage fitted to the inside of your van can provide an extra layer of security and/or protect your vehicle with a good alarm.
  • Keep your van keys safe while working and never leave them in your van
  • Security mark all tools and equipment and place a sticker in your van window to say you have done so
  • Keep a list of your tools and equipment, along with serial numbers and any identifying marks – you can do this for free at
  • Never buy cheap, second hand tools from unknown sources as they may be stolen – if an item being offered seems too good to be true, report it to police or call 101.


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  1. What a surprise, we never saw this coming did we. Just because there is absolutely no police presence in Crowborough, didn’t mean that the criminals would find out and take advantage of the situation, did it? ESCC, Wealden Council, Crowborough Council,
    Sussex Police Force are completely naive and should be ashamed of themselves!

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