Plumbers incomes have been seriously damaged this year by the theft of tools from vans and job sites this year, with 27% reporting the loss of tools which damaged their ability to earn a living.

The research carried out by suggests that thefts are on the rise, and Plumbers are fully aware of the damage to their livelihoods of the thefts.

The research indicated that tool boxes were the most stolen item with power tools and ladders also on the target list. For Plumbers the toolboxes in particular are their livelihoods and the theft is having a huge impact on their ability to earn a living.

Recent research has suggested tool theft in the UK costs £94million per annum, a figure which promoted the survey. 562 Plumbers were polled by and asked if they had been the subject of theft this year, 27% said they had.

The most common tools to be stolen in the survey were: tool boxes, power tools and ladders.

Even TV celebrities aren’t beyond the criminals reach - when DIY SOS was targeted in July this year they lost over £4,000 worth of tools from a van in West Bromwich. A BBC spokesman at the time had said the whole thing took “10 or 20 seconds”.

The advice from is simple: ”Keep all tools close and if possible do not leave in your van unattended. Thieves have a very good chance of getting into any van, so either deadbolt all doors, or remove all valuables before leaving it anywhere.