Police are encouraging van owners not to leave power tools in their vehicle overnight following thefts in the Dearne.
Thieves stole a £400 power drill from a van in West Melton on Friday, April 12, and the following day £500 worth of tools were taken from a vehicle in Wath.
Pc Andy Robinson, South Yorkshire Police’s crime reduction project officer, is now warning motorists to make sure any van items are made secure.
He said: “Van owners need to remove as many portable power tools from their vehicles as possible and take them into their home or a secure garage overnight.
“In the cases that we have seen over the weekend, the vehicles were parked close to the owner’s homes but this hasn’t deterred the offenders from breaking in.
“Anyone who owns power tools, should use a permanent marker to write their postcode and house number on them. This alone could put thieves off from stealing them but if not, it means that we can return them to you if we do find them.”
For further crime prevention advice contact Pc Robinson on 101.