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  1. Ashly90

    Ashly90 New Member

    hi everyone!
    Been on here a while but haven’t posted much. I’m sure everyone is aware of van theft/tool theft at the moment. There’s a petition at the moment which is asking for tougher sentences and more to be done to the people taking tradesmens livelihood. I’ve attached a link for it if anyone wants to sign it. Credit to Peter booth ( pb plumber ) for creating the petition.

    Petition: Investigate what more can be done to tackle van theft and van tool theft.
  2. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Is there now not 3 posts on this?
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  3. Ashly90

    Ashly90 New Member

    My bad if there is, I’ve had a look through and couldn’t see anything but fell free to have it removed if it is duplicated
  4. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber

    I already posted it Ashly. However with something as important as this, duplicates can do no harm ;)
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  5. Ashly90

    Ashly90 New Member

    Defiantly! Cheers for letting me know, must have missed it somewhere
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  6. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

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  7. SlimD

    SlimD GSR

    Manufacturers can play a much bigger role in preventing van tool theft. Some vans are so easy to break into (various examples on YouTube) that you might as well advertise "Free tools here" on the side of your van. If manufacturers put a bit more thought and effort into physical security of their vehicles it'd make it a lot harder for toe rags to break into them.
    I've just shelled out for deadlocks on my van. I can't afford it but I can afford losing all my tools even less.
  8. Ashly90

    Ashly90 New Member

    100%. My van can be got into with something that cost £10 and anyone can get hold of it. It’s madness. They should fit deadlocks as standard to them and even if it added 500 or so to the price I don’t think people will mind as it’s secure.
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  9. ttemerge

    ttemerge New Member

    Disgusting their aren't better solutions for this problem. I lost almost a thousands pounds worth of equipment last week :(
  10. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber

    Sorry to hear that. Been done three times myself so I know the all consuming rage at the b4stards.
  11. BYP


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  12. skoronesa

    skoronesa Member

    On our american forum there is a guy who has a key fob that buzzes when door sensors in his van go off. That seems to me like the best solution. As soon a door opens on the van he knows. He also carries a pistol so any would be thief has got it coming.

    And before you make any murica jokes this particular individual actually lives in canada. He lives in a bad neighborhood with bad neighbors and his house is like fort knox with steel casings on the doors and cameras/motion sensors everywhere.
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  13. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber

    Different compared with most of the U.K. in that few people can legally carry firearms here and if you try to protect yourself with one you will likely be arrested.
    Even most of the U.K. police are unarmed, although that is slowly changing as common sense makes it necessary.

    Our criminals here have rights.
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  14. skoronesa

    skoronesa Member

    Our criminals have plenty of rights here too. I wasn't advocating for the killing of would be thieves. I was just pointing out that he has an effective alarm system and a means to protect his belongings.

    When push comes to shove if your would be thief doesn't have a firearm than a pipe wrench will likely do you well. Here in the us and canada there is a great likelihood that the thief may have a firearm so naturally you would also want one if you plan on protecting your property or person.

    I think that generally the kinds of people to steal from a work van are just a step above those who check parked cars for unlocked doors. They figure if they are going to target vehicles that are locked anyway and break in they might as well guarantee themselves a good pay out by attacking the higher value targets that still only have basic security systems.

    I would love a couple dash cams for my vans as well as a notifier if the doors are opened. Carrying a pistol would just be the icing on the cake.
  15. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber

    Much as I hate the low life scum that carry out these crimes, the alternative you describe above would, for me, signal the placing of the final nail in the coffin of society. :eek:
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