Tool thefts from vans are on the rise, with a 30% increase in claims made year-on-year since 2014 its time to start protecting your tools. Taking partial blame for this spike in tool-related theft is the now widely available Skeleton Key traditionally used by locksmiths, this key allows criminals to force entry at their will.
The recent surge in tool thefts has really taken its toll on Britain’s self-employed workmen, so much so that an online petition on Change.org has been set up calling for tougher punishments for those found guilty of tool thefts - gathering more than 31,000 signatures to date.
The top 10 cities affected by tool theft from vans are:
Specialising in quality concrete garages, Lidget Compton have over 35 years in perfecting their outbuildings and are experts when it comes to keeping valuables safe. Lidget Compton recommend the following security measures to ensure you are protecting your tools as much as possible:
• Connect your home security system to your garage
• Keep windows covered
• Invest in motion sensor lights
• Secure your garage door with a deadbolt or sturdy padlock
• Chain toolboxes to the interior of your garage where possible
National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Acquisitive Crime, Deputy Chief Constable Matt Jukes said: “Tool thefts can have a significant impact, particularly for those in the trade industry, and it is not a case of if we investigate these thefts but when and how, tailoring our response to the circumstances and individual needs of the victim.”
Tools valued at an estimated £35.5 million may have been stolen across the UK in 2016, with the total costs of tool replacement, lost time, and clients all adding to the toll on tradespeople. Data reveals that mid-week is the most dangerous time for thefts, with Thursdays seeing the biggest weekly spike in thieves’ activity.
To avoid being a victim of tool theft from vans, remove all valuables from your vehicle and store them in a secure garage overnight - this routine could save you thousands of pounds and help protect your livelihood.
If you’re planning on investing in a garage or upgrading your outdoor building, there are plenty of options available to you. One of the rapidly growing most popular choices are sectional garage doors which due to their construction are very durable and more secure than some traditional roll doors.