Police will run a free event to help people prevent their tools being stolen.

The session is set to take place in Witney on Wednesday December 13 from 10am to 2pm at Screwfix

thisisoxfordshire: Tools linked to a spate of thefts from vehicles in the Witney area earlier this year which were restored to their owners.Tools linked to a spate of thefts from vehicles in the Witney area earlier this year which were restored to their owners. (Image: TVP)

A security marking kit will be used to mark tools with the owner's house number and post code to deter would-be thieves.

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Thames Valley Police said: "We often are unsuccessful in tracing the owners of recovered tools as they have no identifying marks."

thisisoxfordshire: Tools linked to a spate of thefts from vehicles in the Witney area earlier this year which were restored to their owners.Tools linked to a spate of thefts from vehicles in the Witney area earlier this year which were restored to their owners. (Image: TVP)

Any tools with a serial number can be registered using https://orlo.uk/7NtPZ free of charge to help the police identify stolen property.

The force continued: "Power tools can be an expensive outlay for people working in trade and home DIY enthusiasts alike.

thisisoxfordshire: Tools linked to a spate of thefts from vehicles in the Witney area earlier this year which were restored to their owners.Tools linked to a spate of thefts from vehicles in the Witney area earlier this year which were restored to their owners. (Image: TVP)

"The cost of replacing them if they’re stolen isn’t cheap."