Tool theft is rife in the UK at the moment, with figures showing thefts have risen 30 per cent over the past few years. And it seems even TV renovation programmes aren’t safe.
Popular show DIY SOS were the victims this time, as thieves targeted the tradespeople who had volunteered to help.
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£4,000 worth of tools stolen
The theft took place earlier this week while the BBC were filming in West Bromwich. An estimated £4,000 worth of tools were taken from the vans of volunteer tradespeople who had pitched up to help. Not only were the tools taken, but one of the vans was damaged in the process.
The programme’s presenter, Nick Knowles, took to twitter to express his disappointment and reach out for anyone in the local community who could lend a hand.
Really disappointed had two volunteer builders Vans broken into on West Brom SOS - damage to Peugeot rear van door - can local dealer mend?— Nick Knowles (@MrNickKnowles) July 26, 2017
Theft only took ‘20 seconds’
Tool thieves are constantly finding new ways to get their hands on the equipment of hardworking UK tradespeople. Earlier this year we heard about the peel and steal technique that allows thieves to break into vans without any tools of their own.
Meanwhile, some thieves have invested in a £20 skeleton key which is being blamed for thousands of UK thefts.
In this case, however, it seems a drill was used on the lock of the van. A BBC spokeswoman said the ‘whole thing took 10 or 20 seconds’.
Heartwarming story ends on sour note
DIY SOS were in West Bromwich to help out the family of Crystal Chambers, who was given only hours to live after being diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
Crystal’s two children now live with their grandma, Sandra, but Sandra’s cramped two bedroom house didn’t provide nearly enough space for the three of them and Sandra’s other son, Ziggy.
When the local community heard that DIY SOS were stepping in to help the family, many volunteered their services.
While the thieves put a downer on the whole event, Knowles says it won’t change his opinion of West Bromwich: “We’ve had amazing people here and I’m not going to change my mind because of a few nasties.”