A skeleton key being sold online for only £20 is being blamed for recent rise in tool thefts from vans.
Never heard of the skeleton key? Well simply put it’s a key which allows these thieves to break into vans with ease. Despite having a legal use as a locksmiths tool many believe it shouldn’t be as available to the general public.
Steffan George, from the Master Locksmiths Association, said:
“These are legitimate locksmiths tools, but they shouldn’t be available to everyone. We would welcome a restriction of their sale.”
A van is broken into and tools are stolen every 23 minutes in the UK.
Recent figures obtained by the BBC Radio 5 live show this kind of theft has risen by nearly two-thirds in 2 years, totaling to around 22,749 thefts of tools.
Once BBC 5 investigated, asking all 45 police UK police forces about the scale of the problems, the BBC received replies from 30 of them.
Protecting Your Van
We understand this ‘epidemic’ is destroying trades people livelihoods and needs to stop now.
So check out our other blog for tips on how to protect your van from thieves.