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Yup, got to add my name to the list, Transit Connect opened with a key overnight in a quiet country villiage.Toolbag, drills MFT and a lot of other stuff gone. It was insured so hopefully get some new kit. I'll leave my van locked up in a garage now and take my car home.Police absolutely no help at all.
 
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Aw no that's awful! Did the Police say anything helpful? Fingers crossed the insurance does not take too long.
 

Lou

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Yeah I agree, Gumtree too, you might find something on there. Did they have some kind of special key?
 

stuarth

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You don't need a key to open fords.
 

Lou

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Aw well I hope it's sorted out soon for you. Thieving so and so's
 

James

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Sorry to hear about your theft.

please don't take this as bad news but more friendly advice.

I have known other tradespeople who have had this happen.
unfortunately, quite a few have been hit again about 2 to 4 weeks later.

The F**** W***** T***** (insert your own colourful words)
know that you will have to replace all the old tools and equipment, quite probably with new stuff that will have a better value on flea bay etc.

Do what ever you think is necessary to prevent a repeat event.
have you considered a security light and/or camera?

there are a few on the forum that will be able to install them for you;)
 
c***s absolutely hate these scum bags and should be set on fire,
then i would only ---- on them if i could ---- petrol,
hope all goes well for you mate
 

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Nope, the Police said they couldn't help as no CCTV or witness.
Translation: we're too busy with more important police business like arresting people for posting politically-incorrect comments on Facebook and Twitter.

Sorry to hear about your van being robbed.:angry:
 

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Whilst it can be infuriating that police do seem to take little action about such thefts, they are not miracle workers, if there are no witnesses, cctv etc, what else do you expect?

Fingerprint recovery, is a bit of a long shot, requiring good surfaces and none exposure to the elements.

And ‘we’ are to blame for propagating crime, by buying too cheap to believe products. It’s too cheap to be believed, cos it’s been nicked. Car thieves wouldn’t survive, if their wasn’t a ready market for their spools, let’s not forget that.

It may of escaped your notice, but one of my local ‘useless’ police officers, lost his life trying to apprehend these scumbags. Let’s not forget that either.
 

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A late friend was a self employed chippy by trade. His van needed more than just "a ford key" to get into it. Back door secured with one of those security hasps using a padlock that's recessed to make it hard to get to with cutting gear. Side door secured with a lump of chain inside popped through a hole in the internal timber bulkhead so it could be secured above the passenger seat with a good padlock.
OK, easily defeated if you can get into the front and have bolt cutters with you - but that's another level of bother and risk for the b'stards (carrying around bolt cutters isn't something you can easily explain away).
And perhaps consider a strongbox of some sort inside the van to add another level of protection. For the latter, a VERY loud siren so that if someone is tampering with it, they'll find it very uncomfortable trying to work inside a tin box with a loud siren going off ;)
 
They'll just nick the van.

Best bet it to whittle your tools down into something that can be wheeled into your house.

I've always thought why do we sign write our vans electrical services we should just advertise paint and decorating on the side noone every broke into a decorators van to nick a old paint brush and dust sheets!

I do take all my tools out every night a pain I know but it's the only way!
 
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