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Van tool theft is a very serious issue which can instantly take away a tradesperson’s means to earn a living and support his or her family. Peter Booth (@PBplumber) has recently launched a campaign calling for a change in regulation regarding the police’s handling of van and tool theft crimes in the UK.
The campaign, named #noVANber, is receiving a huge amount of support online and his petition has already gathered over 18,000 signatures at the time of writing. However, there is still a long way to go – in order for a petition to be discussed in parliament it needs the backing of at least 100,000 people.
When we interviewed Peter and asked him what drove him to launch #noVANber, he said “I’m tired of the feeling of anxiety every morning when I wake up and check my tools and van have survived the night. I’m tired of waking up at the slightest noise thinking it’s my van being broken into…”
“I want to use my social media influence for good and help everyone to be able to earn a living without the fear of being targeted by van tool thieves”
He said he has been “overwhelmed” by the support he has received so far, but warns “we can’t be complacent, we need to keep pushing for the whole month of November to try and get the 100k signatures we need to get this debated in Parliament”.
You can help the campaign reach its goal by signing the petition and sharing it with as many other people as possible: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/231177.
As the number of vehicle thefts are constantly increasing, and thieves so easily gaining access to vans, people also need to be making an investment in extra protection for their vehicle. Head to our Security page for more information on our latest security accessories such as deadlocks, slam locks and tool safes.