Police patrols have been upped in Bushey after a spate of van thefts during the last two weeks.

Since January 15 seven vehicles have been broken into with tools stolen on the majority of occasions.

Sergeant Iain Brunt, from the Bushey and Radlett Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We know that the livelihoods of tradespeople can be seriously affected by tool thefts and we want to do everything we can to prevent these crimes from happening.

"We’ve stepped up patrols in the area and are also urging people to review their own security."

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He added that if tools are being kept in vans they should always be removed when left unattended - especially overnight.

"If this simply isn’t possible, consider installing a high-quality tool safe and fit additional locks to your van," he continued.

"Never leave anything on display, always ensure your vehicle is fully locked and try and park in a way that restricts access to rear or sliding side doors if possible.”