Van owners are being warned to stay vigilant after a number of thefts from trade vehicles.
Police have had a number of reports where self-employed business owners have seen their tools and other specialised equipment stolen from the back of their vans.
Typically, the thefts are occurring overnight while the vans are parked outside the owners’ homes.
In particular, police are appealing to anyone who has any information about the theft for tools from vans at addresses on Stirling Road, Ashton Drive and Whiteray Road this week.
Sgt Guy Hamlett of Lancaster Police said: “Specialised tools are clearly very important to the operation of our local tradesmen’s businesses, and their theft is obviously going to stop them from earning their living while having to make insurance claims and replace their equipment.
“The worrying thing is that a lot of these thefts are from vans that are being left unlocked overnight, so there is clearly an opportunistic element to these thefts that can be easily prevented.
“Thieves will exploit every possible opportunity, and so, we all have to do everything we can to make it as difficult as possible for them. “Therefore, we urge our local tradesmen to make sure their vans are always locked, remove the tools from their vans at night and try to leave their vans parked in well-lit areas whenever possible.”
Tradesmen are being urged to always remove tools from vans and store them in a secure, indoor location at night, ensure all van doors are locked, park in secure and well-lit areas and report anything suspicious to police.