Crime prevention event at Jewsons in Louth

A CRIME prevention event is being held at a Louth builders merchant, specifically aimed at helping self-employed builders and tradesmen protect their tools and equipment.

The event is taking place at Jewsons in Belvoir Way, on the Fairfield Industrial Estate, and will run from 9am until 1pm on Wednesday August 1.

Officers from Louth Neighbourhood Policing Team will be on hand to offer advice and Smartwater packs will be provided free of charge on a first come first served basis.

SmartWater is a colourless liquid solution that is simply dabbed onto the uneven surfaces of valuables and can be used to code all sorts of items, such as tools, ornaments, electrical items and even motor vehicles.

Each bottle contains a unique chemical ‘code’ which is registered to an individual, conclusively proving ownership. It cannot be easily seen by the naked eye and is almost impossible to remove. The liquid glows under ultraviolet light making it easy for the Police to detect

Crime Reduction Officer, PC Nic Hanson, said: “Whilst most builders and tradespeople recognise the importance of removing valuable tools from their vans overnight, there will invariably be occasions during the day when their vehicles will be unattended and equipment vulnerable to theft.

“The building trade has been hit by the recession and tradesmen can ill afford to become the victim of crime, especially when their insurance may not cover the full cost of replacing high value tools. Many tools are particularly important to their owners beyond their financial value”.

The initiative follows two incidents in Louth in which items were stolen from insecure vehicles.

During the morning of Monday July 23 a bag containing cash was stolen from the front seat of a butcher’s van whilst a delivery was being made in Eastgate.

On the same day, three high value drills were stolen from a plumber’s van that was unattended for a short time in Harewood Crescent.

Anyone with information about either incident should contact Lincolnshire Police by dialling 101 and quoting the incident number. Report crimes anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.