Published: 12:00, 07 August 2017
| Updated: 12:51, 07 August 2017
Police are reminding van owners to lock their vehicles and remove valuables following a late night break-in.
At around 11pm on Sunday, two men and a woman were reported to have forced open the side door of a van where they stole power tools and a wallet in Little Market Row, Leybourne.
Sergeant Andy Gallon said: "The theft of tools from work vans has a significant impact on people’s ability to work until they are able to replace their stolen equipment.
"I would urge van owners to take steps to prevent becoming a victim."
Precautions that can be taken to help prevent thefts from vans including removing all tools and equipment from your vehicle when it’s unattended and parking in a well-lit secure location in a locked garage or on a driveway if possible.
Consider investing in additional locks that you can fit to your van. CCTV and sensors which alert you when someone walks near your vehicle or enters the driveway are also useful.
Have valuables "security marked" so it makes them harder to sell on if they are stolen. Report anyone acting suspiciously to police.
Anyone who saw the men or who has information that may help is asked to contact Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting reference 06-1519.
Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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