Nelson Police are warning the public to be cautious about people offering second hand tools for sale after a recent rise in thefts.
Sergeant Craig Barker said Police had received a number of reports recently of tools being stolen from vehicles and building sites.
“People need to make sure anyone offering tools for sale is the legitimate owner of those tools and if the price is too good to be true, chances are they could be stolen.”
Sergeant Barker also urged those who used tools in their trade to be security conscious about their sites and vehicles.
“If you keep valuable tools in a vehicle make sure it’s locked and that valuables are out of site. If possible park the vehicle in a secure garage or off the street.”