Police in Arun are encouraging van and works vehicle owners to keep security in mind following a spate of break-ins over recent weeks.
Since the beginning of June, there have been 16 reported incidents where vehicles have been broken into and have had tools stolen from them, including a hedge cuter power tools, lawn mower and drills.
The offences have mainly taken place in daytime hours, between 8am and 9pm.
The majority have happened in the Angmering and Findon areas, but there have also been offences in Rustington and Wick. In one incident, a gardener inEast Prestonhad his lawn mower stolen from the back of his insecure van as he worked.
PCSO Hannah Pearson said: “This highlights the importance of keeping vehicles locked and secure at all times, even if you are working nearby. If you are leaving the vehicle overnight or for long periods of time ensure you remove tools, equipment and all valuable items. If you see any suspicious behaviour then call police immediately.”
Anyone with information about the recent spate of break-ins is asked to contact police on 101, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.