A SPIKE in vehicle crimes has prompted a warning to tradesmen from police.
Officers in Gosport have issued the advice following a spate of crimes across the Elson area.
In recent weeks, thieves have targeted vehicles, stealing tools and equipment from unattended and secured vans.
PCSO Lara Druham-Dent, of Gosport police, is now offering these key tips to tradesmen to avoid falling foul of crooks:
n Park your vehicle in a secure area (in a garage or behind locked gates, if possible).
n If you can’t, park in a well-lit street in easy view of your own or neighbours’ houses.
n Where possible, remove valuable items from the vehicle overnight and store them in a secure place.
n Do not leave tools or equipment on view inside the vehicle.
n Consider fitting an appropriate alarm system, protecting the cabin and load areas.
n Make sure doors and windows are locked and consider having suitable deadlocks installed.
n When visiting businesses, try to park close to the entrance and preferably in the view of CCTV.
To report suspicious activity call 101. Those witnessing a theft should call 999.