Builders and other tradesmen are being warned not to leave valuable tools in their vans overnight following a spate of vehicle break-ins.
A number of vehicles have been targeted in the Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre areas of the county, with items including Makita and De Walt top-of-the-range tools being taken.
Det Sgt Simon Balderstone, of Lancaster police, said: “If a thief can see an expensive piece of equipment has been left in a van they know it is easy money for them. Even if tools are out of sight, a determined criminal may still break in to a vehicle to see what they can find inside.
“Having tools stolen can set tradesmen back financially – not just because they have to pay to replace the items but because they may also lose out on a day’s work.”