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Police should do more to help with stolen tools, say tradesmen

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Anna Delves

Anna Delves

24 July 2017

With tool theft on the rise in the UK, it’s understandable that tradesmen want the authorities to help with recovering them.

Unfortunately, it seems the police are falling short, according to a new survey by Simply Business.

Over 9/10 tradesmen think the police should do more

The survey found that 96 per cent of tradesmen don’t think the police are doing enough when it comes to recovering stolen tools.

This won’t come as a surprise to many, given how many stories there have been recently of people finding their tools on eBay, or even resorting to social media to track down the culprits.

“Thieves seem to be confident even with CCTV everywhere that they'll get away with it because the police don't have the resources to chase it up. It's awful,” said Justin Whittaker, whose daughter, Savannah, tracked down a pair of tool thieves earlier this year after police dropped the case.

What to do if your tools are stolen

There are a number of precautionary steps you can take to keep your tools safe, such as marking them (either visibly or with a UV marker), adding additional security to your van, and making sure your insurance is up-to-date.

However, as the case above shows, brazen thieves may still get their mitts on your property no matter how many precautions you take. Check out our full article on what to do if your tools are stolen.

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