Leaving your tools in your van overnight or while you enjoy breakfast in the local greasy spoon is becoming an increasingly risky choice, research has revealed. The number of vans being broken into increased by nearly two thirds during the past two years, and a van is broken into every 23 minutes. But if it’s just happened, what do you do next? Here are the questions to ask yourself.
Ideally most builders and tradespeople will have photographs of their tools, details of the serial numbers and a list of any security. You’ll need this for your insurance claim or to track them down.
There are usually two insurers a builder will need to contact. These are the van’s insurer which, if the damage to the vehicle is greater than the policy’s excess, will need to arrange for repair work to be carried out. And if a builder or tradesperson has separate tool insurance, then this insurer will also need to be contacted about a claim being made to replace the stolen kit.
Many police forces want to help builders find their stolen tools, but don’t have the resources to investigate every crime. But you still need to get a crime reference number from them. Also, whether the police find your tools or not, they are obliged to give you an update within five days.
Unless the police get lucky and uncover your stolen tools, most builders will have find their stolen property for themselves. There are several ways to do this. 1. Check online sites such as eBay, Loot and or Gumtree. 2. Visit all the car boot sales that take place in your area – they are well known as places where stolen builders’ tools are sold. 3. Go to pawnshops in your area and give them details of your tools – so if they’re offered them they can call the police. 4. Get social There is a group on Facebook specifically for shout-outs by builders and tradespeople who have had their tools stolen. Try it at: //www.facebook.com/stolentradetoolsuk/
Do your best to ensure you don’t get caught out in the first place with our top tips for preventing tool theft from a van.