December 28, 2010 19:01 ET

Tools Top Thieves Christmas Wish List

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 28, 2010) - Van drivers who receive brand new tools this Christmas are being warned to remove them out of their vans at night to avoid them being stolen by thieves.

The UK van insurance retailer surveyed 1,200 online customers and found that 13% had damage caused to their vans by the theft of, or attempted theft of brand new tools bought as Christmas presents.

Damage is caused to the van when thieves use a crow bar to force open the doors to enter the storage area of the van. Van drivers can also protect their tools by adding tool protection cover to their existing van insurance premium.

Swinton Commercial is offering the following advice to van drivers to keep their tools and van safe:

  • If possible lock your van in a secure garage overnight
  • Always remove tools and other expensive equipment from your van overnight
  • Deter thieves by using a no tools left in van overnight sticker
  • Consider buying tool protection add on to your existing policy to cover the cost of replacing stolen tools.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said, "Thieves are likely to target vans after Christmas in the hope of bagging some brand new tools that they can sell on. Van drivers need to be extra vigilant at this time of year and always remember to remove tools from the back of their vans at night."

About Swinton

  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group
  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009
  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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