Contractors, foremen and other members of the public are urged to keep a close eye on their tools as tool thefts spiked for the second week in a row, police warned on March 8.

Tools left in unfinished homes, storage units, or the backs of trucks make for especially vulnerable targets, and police are urging people to store their tools in enclosed areas with plenty of light, and to consider installing security cameras to discourage potential thieves.

They also encouraged people to engrave their tools with a special security marker so that they can be identified if found.

“Police are following several leads into these incidents but are appealing to anyone with information into these thefts to contact the [Royal Virgin Islands Police Force] Intelligence Unit at 368-93398 or the RVIPF access number 311,” they stated, adding, “All information will be treated with the strictest confidence.”