DYFED-Powys Police is investigating after 15 vans were broken into in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire overnight on Wednesday, June 6.

The force has received reports of vans being damaged and access gained in Haverfordwest, Fishguard, St Clears, Ammanford and Carmarthen.

Power tools were stolen from some of the vans, all of which were Ford Transit.

The spate of thefts has prompted the police to appeal for witnesses – and are advising van owners to increase their vehicle security.

Temporary Detective Inspector Wayne Bevan said: “We have had 15 reports of vans being broken into, and I would urge van owners, users and residents to report anything suspicious to police immediately.

“I’d like to remind people, particularly those who have high value power tools in their vehicles to be vigilant when loading and unloading, and to increase security measures to keep property safe.

“If anyone is offered tools in suspicious circumstances, please do not buy them and let police know immediately via 101.

“You can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Top tips for van and power tools safety:

•             Always lock doors and shut windows, physically check that van doors are locked

•             Do not leave any items on display

•             Park in a garage or secure area where possible

•             Park with the doors against a wall

•             If you park on your driveway consider installing motion-activated CCTV

•             Be vigilant when unloading

•             Remove the tools from the van if possible

•             Mark all tools with a forensic property marking solution

•             Seet an alarm or immobiliser

•             Consider upgrading locks

•             Consider installing secure storage containers or lockers in the van to store tools in

•             Register tools for free at www.immobilise.com.