Don’t drop the ball, secure your tools

South Brisbane District recently launched a three-part crime prevention video series featuring local resident Wally Lewis to help reduce motor vehicle offences in the community, Queensland Police say.

The first instalment focused on basic vehicle security methods and the second instalment focused on removing property before leaving your vehicle unattended.

The final instalment focuses on tradie vehicles and toolbox security.

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In 2017, approximately 430 reported offences in the South Brisbane District involved tradies’ vehicles.

South Brisbane District Crime Prevention Coordinator Acting Senior Sergeant Chris Hebblethwaite doesn’t want tradies to be complacent with the security of their tools.

“Tools are attractive items for thieves as they can easily be resold and have a decent resale value,” Acting Senior Sergeant Hebblethwaite said.

“Toolboxes in ute trays not only provide easy access to tools for owners, but also for thieves.

“Ensure you have a good quality lock on your toolbox, and remember to use it every time you are leaving your vehicle unattended.”

You can decrease the value of your tools in the eyes of thieves by engraving them with a unique personal code which makes it harder for thieves to pawn and easier for police to identify the owner if located.

Engravers are available to borrow from your local police station where officers can assist with creating unique personal codes.

Help us reduce vehicle crime. Don’t drop the ball. Secure your tools.

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