New research highlights ‘concerning’ level of tool theft


NEW research has revealed that 66% of tradespeople have had their tools stolen or van broken into.

The study, by Screwfix survey, also revealed that 65% of tool theft victims have had their tools stolen more than once. And nearly a quarter said tool theft has impacted their business.

For 75% of those affected, the loss of the value of the tools was more than £500, with a fifth of trade tool theft victims having more than £5,000 worth of items stolen.

To protect themselves from theft, 51% remove tools from their van overnight, 40% have CCTV at home, and 25% have additional security products on their van.

To help protect tools and vans, Screwfix said it offers a range of security products including the Master Lock van padlock and hasp set 230mm. This nickel-plated, die-cast zinc padlock with hardened steel shackle and a nickel and chrome-plated hardened steel hasp is supplied with two keys and fixings.  Screwfx added that smart CCTV kits from Swann ensure vans and properties can be monitored wherever a tradesperson is, and Van Vault products such as site security boxes and the Outback ensure tools can be kept securely.

Ben Lainton, director of trading at Screwfix, commented, “These latest findings show the concerning level of tool theft and van crime and the damaging impact they have on tradespeople and their businesses. Many of them are seeking ways to protect their tools and vans, so as a key supplier to the trade, we’re continuing to add security-focused innovations to our range to play our part and help them. The latest products from Master Lock, Swann, and Van Vault are prime examples and demonstrate how we are continuing to develop our offer to ensure we provide what the trade needs.”