Tool and van theft can be devastating for construction workers. Not only because they have to replace their tools but it also puts them under mass financial strain as they cannot work if they haven’t got their tools. One plumber has recently even had to cancel his wedding and honeymoon because of it. Take a look at the full story here.

However, one builder decided he was going to take a stand and chased after the thieves trying to break into his home. The builder initially was woken up by thieves entering his home. But he didn’t reach for his phone to call the police. Instead, he dived from his bed launching after the thieves. As they tried to escape though, they got a chase through the streets that they weren’t expecting.

Just in his underwear, the builder was able to catch up with criminals at their getaway car, smashing the back window with a hockey stick he wrestled off of one of the thieves. In his determination to catch the thieves, the builder even cut open his feet after running through the broken glass.

The culprits eventually got away though. They are believed to have targeted several other houses on the street before this incident though. One of the neighbours, who were also burgled, described: “they’re just absolute scumbags.”

“Any noises I hear now, I’m up straight away. It’s a horrible sick feeling all the time now, especially at night when you hear a noise.”

However, it is not explicitly clear what you can actually do if some breaks into your property/van. Can you chase after them? Can you restrain them? Well, with tool thefts on the rise we decided to put together a guide on what your rights are if someone breaks into your property. Take a look at it here.

So what do you think of this? Would you do the same as this builder? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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