Secure storage in his van has prevented what could have been a major blow for Surrey electrician Jeff Jones. He woke up one morning at his home in Guildford to find the locked door of his van, parked on his driveway, forced open. However, as Jeff had recently purchased and installed a brand-new Van Vault Slider, his drills and tools remained safe and untouched in his van.
This was the third break-in for Jeff in his 20-year career and the second time in the past six months. The first time the crime took place 15 years ago, his tools were not protected, costing him hundreds of pounds. Last summer, Jeff became a victim of tool theft crime for a second time but Jeff had learnt from the previous experience and had taken precautions by installing a Van Vault.
Last year saw around 280,000 tool theft crimes across the UK and one in three tradespeople have fallen victim to the crime. The average value of tools left in tradespeople’s vans costs approximately £3,000.
Jeff said: “Today, tool theft is one of the biggest problems facing tradespeople. I live in a small, quiet village with little crime but just this year, it has experienced five separate break-ins and I have been unlucky three times.”