A good friend of mine on Twitter, Peter Booth aka @PBPlumber, recently launched an online petition asking the government to look into van theft and tool theft – #noVANber

This is a problem affecting trades people all over the country and something we all dread when we open the curtains in a morning.

Thieves stealing tools can be devastating to tradesmen and women whose entire livelihood depend on them. Even if you are insured for the loss, a tradesperson having to source replacements, organise vehicle repairs and re-book appointments can easily lose out on a week’s work.



The extent of tool theft in the UK is shocking:

  • A van gets broken into every 23 minutes.
  • According to the findings of a Freedom of Information request, obtained from various police constabularies by Trade Direct Insurance, stolen equipment cost UK tradespeople a staggering £94,521,600 in 2016.

Only last month, DIY SOS electrician, Billy Byrne’s tools were stolen from his van. Nick Knowles said: “If you can steal £5,000 in tools & sell them for £400 with the risk of courts fining you £80 where’s the deterrent?”

The petition, using the hashtag #noVANber, was launched on 1st November 2018 and hopes to gain 100,000 signatures to get parliament to discuss the issue.

Currently, after 11 days, the petition has just over 20,200 signatures (correct at 12/11/2018, 8pm) so has some way to go and this is where we need your help.

Please sign the petition at: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/231177 or click on the banner below:

Link to the #noVANber government petition

Ask your friends, family, customers and suppliers to sign the petition and share the link.

Posters are available here, which contain a QR code to take you straight to the petition:  noVANber white poster

We’re supporting Peter’s call on tradesmen and women, and their friends and families, to get behind the #NoVANber petition lobbying the Government for appropriate sentencing for van crime and hope you will do the same.