DYFED-Powys Police has issued a warning to people in the trades to increase their security, following a spate of thefts from vans.

Thieves have targeted parked vans in the Pencader, Llandysul, Llansawel and the Penparcau areas with various work, power and electrical tools stolen.

It has prompted the police to appeal for witnesses and to advise van owners to increase their vehicle security.

Inspector Delme Rees said: “I urge van owners, and particularly vans with power tools in, to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to police immediately. Increase security measures to keep property safe and also if anyone is offered tools in suspicious circumstances, please do not buy them and let police know immediately via 101.

“You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Top tips for van and power tools safety:

• Always lock doors and shut windows, physically check that van doors are locked

• Do not leave any items on display

• Park in a garage or secure area where possible

• Park with the doors against a wall

• If you park on your driveway consider installing motion-activated CCTV

• Be vigilant when unloading

• Remove the tools from the van if possible

• Mark all tools with a forensic property marking solution

• Set an alarm or immobiliser

• Consider upgrading locks

• Consider installing secure storage containers or lockers in the van to store tools in

• Register tools for free at www.immobilise.com.

Contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team Crime Prevention Advisor for details on how to get discounted forensic marking kits.