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Bedfordshire Police has partnered up with Builders’ Talk Group (BTG) to help share guidance aimed to help protect tradespeople from van theft crime.

The crime prevention team at Bedfordshire Police worked closely with BTG to share advice that could give helpful and practical guidance to protect commercial vehicles and contents.

Builders’ Talk Group is owned, run and administered by people in the building trade. Its aim is to assist tradespeople in developing their businesses in as many ways as possible, by giving them information, creating discussions and supplying a ‘one stop service’ for all things construction industry related.

Lesley Johnson, from Bedfordshire Police’s crime prevention team, said:

“We are working with our partners to help protect tradespeople from criminals targeting commercial vans because of high value products that may be stored in there.

“Such tools and other equipment are people’s livelihoods and this type of theft can have a serious financial and emotional impact on the victim and their family.

“These criminals are opportunists and ruin lives by trying to make a quick buck. We build information on this activity to target these thieves and urge anyone who notices any suspicious behaviour in their area, or who has been approached to buy large quantities of high value goods, to get in touch.

“We hope this guidance helps add further protection for tradespeople who are often targeted when trying to make a living.”

To view the theft from van guidance, please visit Bedfordshire Police’s website.

If you have seen anything suspicious or want to report a concern in your area, please contact police via the online reporting tool or by calling 101.

Bedfordshire Police’s website also has burglary prevention advice and information.

If you have been impacted by crime you can contact Signpost for free and confidential support, even if it hasn’t been reported to the police.