DRIVERS are being urged to take their tools out of vans after a number of break-ins across the region.
A television was stolen from the back of a delivery van in Sunderland, while tools have been taken from vans in Gateshead and Northumberland.
Workmen and delivery drivers are reminded to lock vans at all times.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert said: “We’ve had instances where a delivery driver is dropping off a parcel and leaves the van unlocked just for a few minutes.
“We’ve also received reports of thefts from vans that have been left unlocked outside houses where they are working as they are in an out of their work van all day.
“I’d urge people to lock vans at all times and where possible, remove expensive tools overnight. It may take a few minutes to do this, but ultimately it could save a lot of anger and frustration, not to mention financial loss.
“Some of these stolen tools are essential to an individual’s livelihood and it can have a devastating effect on their ability to make a living.”
If anyone sees someone hanging around the street where they live – behaving suspiciously, trying car doors or acting out of the ordinary in any way, then contact police straight away.
Motorists are also reminded to take a few minutes to sign up to free property registering website www.Immobilise.com, which ensures if property is stolen and later recovered, it’s easily returned to the rightful owner.