Steal or no steal?

  • Leave it, lock it: make sure your vehicle is totally secure - close all windows and don't forget your sunroof. Having a routine may help you to remember.
  • On show, going to go: remove everything from your car; don't even leave a jacket where it can be seen.
  • Re-boot: don't store valuables in your boot, remove them to the house as soon as you can.
  • Electronics: take removable stereos, dash cams and sat nav equipment with you.
  • Block them: car key signal blocker pouches stop thieves from picking up and relaying signals from your key.
  • About you: always store your car ownership papers in your home and not in your vehicle.

Tool Theft - it's your business (tips for traders)

Provided in partnership with the St.Helens Trading Standards Trader Register

  • Park for prevention: Try to park with sliding or rear doors against a wall or sturdy fence so that they can't be opened. Busy, well-lit areas, preferably in view of a CCTV camera are best.
  • Store tools sensibly: remove tools from your van overnight as 'peel and steal' and electronic key fobs can leave even well-secured vans vulnerable - you can also display a sign on your vehicle stating the obvious: No tools left overnight.
  • Mark your property: If your tools are stolen, having identification marks on them will help make sure you're recognised as the owner if they're recovered.
  • Keep a note of serial numbers and other data: Providing information like serial numbers, or at least an itemised list with the make and model of everything taken, will help police identify your tools if they're found, as well as easing the process of making an insurance claim. You can register your tools on the national property register:
  • Check your insurance: If you don't have tools insurance as part of your business insurance policy, consider adding it in. It can help pay for the cost of replacing your tools should they be stolen. You should also check your policy wording to find out exactly what's covered, what the limits and excesses are, and if there are any conditions.


Remember - if you love it, log it! Love It Log It

You can log your property and valuables on the national Immobilise Website; a free service that is regularly checked by the police when they recover stolen goods -