Drivers may be able to avoid having to make claims on their van insurance by heeding the advice of police in Surrey.
Following a number of thefts from vans and cars in the area, Surrey police urged motorists to ensure they remove valuable items from their vehicles when leaving them unattended.
Those who carry equipment ought to consider fitting a secure tool safe or cage to protect such items, the force said.
Reigate and Banstead Neighbourhood Inspector Charlotte Rimmer said: “We have warned motorists a number of times about the dangers of leaving expensive equipment in vehicles overnight and sadly these recent thefts reinforce our message.”
Motorists ought to “implement some simple crime reduction measures” to protect themselves from vehicle crime, she added.
In related news, police in Lancashire recently warned people against becoming “complacent” when it comes to securing their vehicles and making it easier for thieves.