A tradesman is warning others to empty their vans of tools at night or invest in extra security after two of his company vehicles were broken in to.
Thousands of pounds worth of tools purchased over many years were taken overnight from two vans parked at Bedford’s Craddock Electrical Services.
Business owner Damian Craddock fears the crooks had some sort of master key or fob to get into the vehicles as there was no sign of forced entry.
“They opened our vehicles, moved the vehicles forward, opened the back doors and helped themselves,” he said.
“Your van is literally sitting there unlocked to them. If you can’t afford to lose something just make sure it’s not left in your van overnight.”
The crime happened overnight on Tuesday, August 18 at Shaldon Court when thieves made off with hand tools and drills.
Damian said: “You spend so long building your tools up that it’s hard to put a price on it.
“The following day we had to cancel jobs at a moments notice. We had customers that we let down.
“There’s a big cost to the business and the individual.”
The electrician has now invested in a steel van vault that will protect his replacement tools from thieves and he has set up a Facebook page called Bedford Trades Support Group to share security tips and advice.
Police are investigating the incident and anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency number 101.