- Oct 16, 2012
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- Fareham, Hampshire UK
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Not necessarily shipped out - if it's 10 years old its more likely been nicked to be used in crime - cloned plates are hard to pick up on ANPR and it's probably at the other end of the country by now and the likelihood is the tools were just the icomg on the cake. Unless they were complete idiots the tools will be sold miles away from you. Van thieves tend to target plain vehicles - for your next one a distinctive paint job or a stripe or two or signwriting will discourage potential thieves. Vehicle theft is becoming harder as newer vehicles really are quite difficult to steal so your 10 year old one will be an easier option for someone who wants to use it.Some nice gentlemen stole a couple of vans in my area last Sunday, one of them my trusty transit.
It had all my tools in so I have a little time on my hands as cannot work without.
The police were not interested other than to give me a crime number,not interested in the CCTV of them driving it away at ten past one in the morning or the CCTV of them at 1.40 unloading my paperwork etc in a church car park.
They knew how to steal it, opened it silently and somehow bypassing the immobilizer.
In the half hour between cameras they had driven across town and removed the roof rack, ladders etc and stuck different plates on it.
I've been told that they are put in a container and shipped out but surely a ten year old transit wouldn't be worth the trouble.
The lovely insurance company that I have used for the last seven years seem to be as unhelpful as possible, the courtesy van insurance that I paid extra for now tell me I can have a vehicle for 7 days only but it will be weeks before I get a payout for the van.
I explained that without tools I can't work so I would like the 7 days to commence when I source some tools.
Apparently this is not possible and the seven days starts at the claim date.
Ok, whatever I said and got a call from a lovely lady to say they have a Toyota Aygo for me.
You couldn't make it up!
I've nearly worn my eyes out scanning Facebook etc for any of my stuff and if I'm lucky enough to find any I bet the police will turn up because someone is going to be unwell
Anyway rant over!
Lock up your stuff cos there's a world full of arseholes just waiting to take it
I work for the police so I'm sad to hear your experience did not meet your expectation - there's a new Chief Constable in Hampshire and he's been very vocal about improving victim experience. Make your comments known, it's not going to bring your tools or your van back but you are entitled to be treated as a victim with some seriousness.
I feel your pain, having been burgled a few years ago .. it's the sense of being violated that's the worst part.