We know from the posts we see on the group and the articles in the news that the problem with Van Security is becoming worse. There are all sorts of security additions on the market to help you better protect your tools and your van. Should you have to go to these lengths to protect your livelihood? We don’t think it is right that your tools can be lifted from your van, causing expensive damage to your work bus and removing your ability to earn money for your family. It’s time something was done. We have teamed up with one of our members, Lee Watts to really drive his campaign forward to force government to change so we are better protected.
“I’m a 43yr old carpenter & I’ve always worked within the construction industry, carrying out internal refurbishment contracts since I completed my apprenticeship in 1994. I now own & run my own business called Koncept Interiors Ltd after becoming a self employed sub-contractor in 2001. I know from first hand experience how hard it is to build up the tools that you need to enable you to do your work to the best of your ability & I also know how devastating it is to have those tools stolen and to not have the ability to go out to work as I’ve personally had tools stolen from both my van & site. This is why I started this campaign and after an initial complete shut out response from the Home Office I am now getting them to listen, agree with me & take action. The more signatures we get, the harder we can push and the better chance we’ve got of getting the help we all need & deserve.”
Lee, with the help of BTG & his local MP Mr Tom Watson is also campaigning for:
• Tougher guidelines on the sale of second hand tools. Including restrictions put on shops like cash converters, markets & car-boots with regular Police checks & patrols happening as standard.• New laws placed on Insurance companies that impose policies focused on helping tradesmen/women with quick pay outs on tool theft and cheaper cover that doesn’t double after a claim.
• Our Police & border control to put stricter checks in place and monitor more closely the containers that are being stored at our ports, loaded with stolen tools and then shipped abroad.
• All new tools that are bought must be registered and logged to the purchaser and stored on a Police data base.
• All van manufacturers must provide better security and be held responsible for so many thefts.
• Hotels that allow sub contractors to stay with them have free car park security to protect vans overnight and finally,
• Online companies such as eBay have tougher guidelines imposed on them for sale of tibby keys, electronic scanning devices & second hand tools.
If we all make a stand, then we have to be listened to. If you do nothing else today, sign the petition, let’s get heard – https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/stoptoolthievesuk and stop these chancers from ruining lives. We will be running regular updates on the campaign and how Lee is driving the issue forward for all of us.