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Petition puts pressure on government to tackle van/tool theft

A campaign urging the Government to tackle both van theft and tool theft is gathering increased support.


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More than half of builders in the UK have had their tools stolen, according to recent research by the FMB

Research published last autumn by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) found that more than half (51%) of UK builders have had tools stolen. Of those builders that have been victim to van tool theft, 46% had their side panel or door broken/pierced and prised open, 23% had their windows smashed and doors opened from dashboard, and 22% had their locks picked.

Launched last autumn by independent plumber Peter Booth, a petition calls on the Government to consider what more can be done to tackle the problem, whether it be introducing new legislation, additional sentencing guidelines or regulations on the reselling of tools.

Backed up by the #noVANber social media campaign, the online petition now has more than 38,000 signatures. Once it hits 100,000 it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Van Vault, which provides secure in-vehicle storage, is supporting the campaign by promoting the petition details across all its own social media and online channels as well as offering products to incentivise people to sign up to the petition.

Deborah Hunt, marketing manager at Van Vault, said: “Peter has done an excellent job of raising this as an issue and we’re hoping that by adding our support we, together with other leading brands, can take the campaign to the next level to an even wider audience.”

To sign the petition, click here.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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