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Van break-ins still a common occurrence for tradespeople, suggests research

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Mark James

15 March 2016

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Official crime stats point to an overall decline in vehicle break-ins, but a recent study suggests that tradespeople could be bearing the brunt of what remains.

A quarter facing crime

According to the study – conducted by IronmongeryDirect – 23 per cent of tradespeople have faced vehicle break-ins, 230 of the 1000 surveyed experiencing van theft over the past five years.

The most recent ONS study into the area suggests that vehicle-related thefts are at some of their lowest levels, so it’s interesting to see so many tradespeople reporting the problem. Could tradespeople be bearing the brunt of van crime? This latest research certainly suggests so.

Where to keep your wits about you

The study also examined the worst regions for break-ins, and worryingly the problem seems more pronounced in the North of the country.

The West Midlands appears to be the worst affected with 1,854 van thefts over the past three years, with West Yorkshire sitting in second place with 993 thefts over the same period.

Meanwhile, Merseyside saw 653 thefts whilst Nottingham and Northumbria saw 240 and 218 respectively. In contrast the City of London saw just two thefts over the same timescale.

Protecting your van

If you’re worried about the prospect of van theft we can offer cover as part of our tools insurance policies. Elsewhere, you can cover your van more comprehensively via our dedicated commercial van insurance page.

What do you make of the study? Is van theft a big problem for tradespeople? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.

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