Van Vault, the originators of in-vehicle secure storage, is putting its full weight behind an innovative campaign to tackle tool theft from vans.
Based in Loughborough, independent plumber Peter Booth (@PBPlumber) launched a petition last year aiming to get the issue of van theft taken more seriously.
His #noVANber social media campaign calls on the Government to look at the increasing ways to protect tradespeople from van tool theft.
A recent report by Powertools2U claimed that a van has its tools stolen every 23 minutes in the UK, with an average of 62 thefts per day.
The campaign has already garnered over 38,000 signatures. Once 10,000 signatures are achieved, the Government will respond to the petition, and if it hits 100,000, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.
Van Vault is supporting the campaign by promoting the petition details across all its own social media and online channels, as well as offering products to incentivise people to sign up to the petition.
Deborah Hunt, Marketing Manager at Van Vault, commented: “Peter has done an excellent job of raising this as an issue and we’re hoping that, by adding our support with other leading brands, we can take the campaign to the next level to an even wider audience.”
Peter Booth added: “I got tired of seeing photos and stories from tradespeople who had their vans targeted and tools stolen, stopping them from working. I didn’t think it was fair.
“I wanted to gather support using social media influence to try and get the Government to look at the possible ways to help make this crime less profitable for the culprits.
“We now need to reach more people that are not on social media. If you could ask your customers, friends and family to support the cause by signing the #noVANber petition, we may be able to reach our target of 100,000 by May.”
Click here to sign the petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/231177