Evesham, Worcestershire (PRWEB UK) 5 October 2012
In St John’s Close, Carlisle, over 10 power-tools had been stolen from a builder working on a local site. A few days later, the Police called at a house where they suspected the stolen tools were being kept, ready for selling on. Their suspicion was right as they unearthed 11 power tools worth approximately £2,000 sitting in the house owner’s kitchen.
This is becoming far too common for online retailer Toolbox's liking; as such, they're planning to raise awareness by distributing some leaflets into the most hard-hit areas.
24 year old, Scott Croxford was the person charged with handling stolen goods. Although he wasn’t the thief, the day before the raid he had accepted the tools from two men, as well as purchasing a boiler.
When questioned, Croxford admitted to handling stolen goods with the intent to sell them on for profit in order to hopefully pay off some of his debts. The punishment, an 8-month prison sentence coupled with 250 hours of unpaid work and a curfew; was justice served in this particular case?
Lee Taylor, General Manager at Toolbox commented: “Sometimes people seem to forget how valuable the tools they own are, especially when you’re buying big brand names such as DeWalt or Black & Decker. It’s quite easy to rack up a few thousand pounds worth of equipment in a shed or van and not even realise it. These people are the ones who usually get targeted, because thieves see an easy opportunity to capitalise and make profit on those who aren’t taking precautions.”
“If you’ve just purchased a £400 power tool kit it makes complete sense to lock it up and bring it into the house overnight. Don’t think that after 2 months of owning it that it doesn’t matter anymore, because it does – thieves are always looking for whatever they can get, don’t make it easy for them!”
The lads at Toolbox are always very adamant about the risk of tool theft to individuals or companies and it pays to always be on the safe side. There are far too many people who have fallen victim to tool thieves and that’s why Toolbox are trying to raise awareness of just how widespread this problem can be.
Toolbox.co.uk currently operates on the constantly expanding Online Home Retail Network which currently runs around 50 websites. These sites sell everything from plant pots and hanging baskets to spa baths & light switches. Online Home Retail Limited first started out as Plumbworld Ltd back in 1999 and since then it has been bought by the Grafton Group PLC in 2006 and received a major rebrand in 2012. The business now employs 60 people in its purpose built warehouse/offices and has a total turnover nearing £25 million per year.