Recently, the number of tool thefts has reached “epidemic proportions.”

This is according to Mark Riley who has set up a petition to help try and combat these thefts. The aim is to present the final petition to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, demanding for tougher action to be taken. According to Riley, he feels that “the punishment needs to meet the severity of the crime.”

At the end of the day, “a tradesman’s tools are his livelihood.”

Not only that, but Riley also feels that these crimes could soon take a violent turn. He describes: “It will not be long before there is a fatality, either a victim of the crime or a perpetrator.”

“A man’s tools are his and his family’s livelihood and in the heat of the moment he will defend them as if his life depends on them.”

Riley believes that ultimately, “it is the tradesmen of this country who help the economy tick over in the hard times and generate great income in the form of tax in the good times.”

Therefore, he feels that something needs to be done about it.

Want to sign the petition? Well head over to to show your support!

So what do you think? Do you agree? Do you feel there needs to be stronger penalties for van thefts? Let us know in the comments below.


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