Tools stolen from vehicles


This week Sussex Police have received four reports of tools being stolen from parked vehicles in the Wealden district.

Overnight on 21st March, a vehicle parked on the drive of a property on Yew Tree Lane in Rotherfield was broken into. Owners found the window smashed and contents missing, including tools (Serial 166 of 22/03).

The same night a vehicle parked at an address on Palesgate Lane in Crowborough reported a break in to their van. Thieves either cut or drilled locks to gain entry – tools were also targeted (189 22/03).

A further two vehicles were broken in to over the period of the 22nd to 23rd March, one at a property on Mountreed in Mayfield, and another on Tunbridge Wells Road at Mark Cross. Both vehicles have been entered by force, and again various tools targeted (418 & 515 of 23/03).

Anyone with information about the thefts should contact Sussex Police online or call 101, and quote the serial number.

Or alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Tool theft from vans

  • 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 by calling 101.

For more information about the steps you can take to keep your vehicle, and what’s in it, safe – see the Sussex Police website.



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