Police warning over stolen tools
Police have warned contractors to secure their gear after reports of tools being stolen from vehicles.
A spokesman advised anyone storing tools in a work vehicle to mark them clearly with a name and address, as tagged items are more difficult to sell on.
He added: “Consider using a lockable cabinet within your van to store tools, or you can also take photographs of items of value. Make a note of the serial numbers.”
Anyone offered tools for sale should request proof of ownership.
In cases where goods are suspected to be stolen, call 211 or the main police number, 295-0011 with a description of the items and the person offering to sell.
Summary conviction for handling stolen goods under the criminal code carries a fine of $10,000, five years’ imprisonment or both.
Conviction on indictment can entail a $15,000 fine, a 14-year sentence, or both.