Following a series of tools and equipment thefts in recent months, the Arboriculture Association has said it’s time to get behind a petition calling for stronger punishment for perpetrators of tool thefts from tradesman’s vehicles.
The replacement of these tools usually costs thousands of pounds and in some cases insurance companies have six weeks to settle any claims.
The petition, which can be found here, was started a couple of months ago by self-employed carpenter, Mark. Since then the petition has picked up over 30,000 signatures.
On the petition page, Mark has written: “This type of crime is classed as petty crime but to a tradesmen who has paid for his tools with blood sweat and tears doesn’t feel this is a petty crime. Every morning I walk out my house wondering if today is the day that my van has been broken into.
“I’m calling for this crime to have more severe punishments as it affects hundreds of hard-working tradesmen, every day I see more victims posting about their plight via Facebook and it’s sickening to see.
“A tradesman’s tools are his livelihood. There are organised gangs traveling the length of the country helping themselves to thousands of pounds worth of tools by peeling open the doors of hard-working tradesmen’s vans and helping themselves to their tools.”