Glossop tradesmen targeted by tool thieves


Police are urging tradespeople to protect their vehicles after a spate of tool thefts.

Derbyshire police said it's time they 'get their security into gear' after tools were stolen from vans in the town over the past week.

A van was broken into on the night of Monday, November 9, between 6.30pm and 8.20am the following morning.

Thieves forced entry into the driver door of a white Toyota Hiace van and stole a large quanity of tools while it was parked along Princess Street in Glossop.

This includes Makita hammer drills, a number of saws and specialist plumbing equipment.

Two cordless Panasonic drills and a Hilti drill were stolen after thieves forced entry to a van that was parked along Sumner Street in the town. The incident took place sometime between 3pm on Wednesday, November 11 and 8am the following day.

Police have also received reports of tools being taken from vehicles along The Green in Simmondley and Cottage Lane in Gamesley.

Inspector Barry Doyle, who oversees policing in Glossop town centre, said: “Following the thefts over the last week I would like to take this opportunity to ask motorists, particularly tradespeople, to take extra security steps to protect their vans from being targeted by thieves.

“It’s important to ensure that vehicles are properly secure before leaving them unattended, with any sucker markers left from a sat nav being wiped away. Always remove any valuables out of view from passers-by, or even better, remove them from the vehicle completely.

“Thieves love clean, unmarked tools that can be easily sold on so don’t make it easy for them by property marking all of your valuables. By doing so, this will make your possessions identifiable and traceable should they be stolen and recovered, and also less attractive to thieves.”

Officers will be stepping up patrols across the town centre and are encouraging residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to them on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

For further crime prevention advice, or to speak to the Glossop Town Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, and follow them on Twitter: @GlossopSNT