Tradespeople warned as £10,000 worth of tools stolen in past month

A Rugby tradesman, Simon Entwistle, has had £10,000 worth of tools stolen from his van in the space of four weeks.

Warning tradespeople about tool theft

Simon Entwistle of Newbold had his van broken into four separate times in as many weeks, with thieves making off with tools worth a total of £10,000.

The joiner and kitchen and bathroom fitter said he wanted to raise awareness among other tradespeople about the increase in the number of tool thefts in the UK.

Tool thieves target the expensive tools

Entwistle expressed his dismay at people “helping themselves” to his tools. He explained that he is self-employed and it’s taken him “years to build up all those tools – it doesn’t just happen overnight. These people are killing my work.”

Apparently the thieves were canny enough to know which tools would fetch the highest price. Entwistle revealed that the thieves had sorted through his tools and taken only the really expensive ones. “They must think I’m a millionaire.” He commented.

Working with the police

While Entwistle had harsh words for the thieves, he praised PC Andy Crouch, saying that he had done everything in his power to help.

PC Crouch said although he was delighted that Entwistle was happy with the service, he still wants to find out exactly what happened. He said: “I would urge anyone who has information about the theft to come forward. We would also like to speak to anyone who is offered tools for sale.”

If you have any relevant information, please call Warwickshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident 404 of 25 September.

Tool theft on the rise across the UK

As any tradesperson knows, stories of stolen tools are not uncommon these days. Earlier this year we reported that tool theft had rocketed by 30 per cent over the previous 12 months.

Irritatingly, for Mr Entwistle and others alike, Rugby isn’t even in the top 15 places most likely to be stuck by thieves. Tradespeople in London, Briston and Sheffield are in fact the most at risk of being hit by multiple thefts.

How to keep your tools safe

With thieves becoming more and more brazen, as the increase in peel and steal thefts last year shows, it pays to take extra care with your tools. Here are our top six tips:

  • Although it can be a chore you should you always remove your tools from your van, especially overnight
  • Where possible, try to park your car in a busy area within sight of a CCTV camera
  • Register your tools on the Immobilise register so you have more chance of tracing them if they are stolen
  • Another way to recover your tools is to clearly engrave or mark them
  • Most importantly, get insurance on your tools so can get back to work quickly if you become a victim of tool theft
  • If you already have insurance, be sure to thoroughly read over your documents to make sure you are properly covered

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