Bexley locksmith devastated to have decade's worth of tools nicked

Glenn Froud is now trying to recover his career

Glenn Froud is now trying to recover his career

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A locksmith says the theft of £6,000 worth of his tools could bring his career to an end.

Glenn Froud, 50, had left the equipment in his van in Riverdale Road, Bexley, near his home, while he enjoyed a rare holiday.

Between the evening of August 1 and the next morning, thieves broke in and stole a decade's worth of tools.  

The father-of-four, who was close to tears when speaking to News Shopper, said: "I was camping in Hastings at the time. It was my first break for years.

"My son called me up to tell me what happened and I felt sick when I realised.

"The people who buy the tools are just as bad as those who stole them. They have no conscience.

"The insurance company might not pay because there are no visible signs of a break-in. 

"I think they used a jiggle key - this is made to fit most standard car door locks and by jiggling, can loosen the pins in the lock causing the door to open."

Mr Froud always has to keep the van loaded with locksmith tools because he works on call 24/7.

He now fears the situation could destroy his career. 

He said: "If the insurance company won’t pay - it doesn’t bear thinking about it. Even if they do pay, it’ll only be around £1,500.

"I didn’t realise how much it was all worth. 

"You don’t realise when you’re slowly building it up.

"I’ve just got work in George Higgins Tool Shop in Station Road, Sidcup, to help me get back on my feet and the manager has been really supportive and is lending me tools.

"But I don’t know how I’ll carry on in my career. It’s been horrible."

A Bexley Police spokesman said: "Officers are investigating the theft of tools from a van in Riverdale Road. No arrests have been made and enquiries continue."

WHAT WAS TAKEN?

  • One bag of hand tools
  • Four drills
  • One box of locksmith tools
  • Three saws
  • One electrical wood plainer
  • One nail gun
  • Two grinder tools

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5:33pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Dean ambrose says...

Not much of a locksmith if he can't keep his own equipment locked up. Would not hire.
Not much of a locksmith if he can't keep his own equipment locked up. Would not hire. Dean ambrose
  • Score: -7

8:30pm Tue 12 Aug 14

20aDay says...

Nobody has the right to steal anything belonging to someone and hopefully he will get back on his feet soon. I would however question needing to keep his van loaded due to 24/7 emergencies whilst away on holiday?
Nobody has the right to steal anything belonging to someone and hopefully he will get back on his feet soon. I would however question needing to keep his van loaded due to 24/7 emergencies whilst away on holiday? 20aDay
  • Score: 14

8:49pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Merrimart says...

Mmmm no sign of forced entry. Methinks an inside job!
Mmmm no sign of forced entry. Methinks an inside job! Merrimart
  • Score: -3

4:21am Wed 13 Aug 14

sarfflondonbird says...

He knew he wasn't on call at the time as he was away camping. Common sense would have told him - "take tools indoors for time being" and I too believe this was possibly an inside job! Nice to know he found employment straight away and was able to earn a wage instead of having to claim benefits. Next time he may be a bit cautious
He knew he wasn't on call at the time as he was away camping. Common sense would have told him - "take tools indoors for time being" and I too believe this was possibly an inside job! Nice to know he found employment straight away and was able to earn a wage instead of having to claim benefits. Next time he may be a bit cautious sarfflondonbird
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10:36am Wed 13 Aug 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Shame he lost his tools, perhaps he could of helped out the poor man with a vibrator up his arse, now that boi needed a locksmiff alright.

I heard it took the undertaker a week to wipe the smile off his face.
Shame he lost his tools, perhaps he could of helped out the poor man with a vibrator up his arse, now that boi needed a locksmiff alright. I heard it took the undertaker a week to wipe the smile off his face. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 5

10:04pm Fri 15 Aug 14

lockey77 says...

mmmmmm
as a ((GENUINE LOCKSMITH)) and not a 3 day locksmith course wonder !!
i find it really annoying that this guy who claims to be a locksmith,has no security on his van ,as a jigg key would not open the many extra security locks you can have fitted to the van ...was there no alarm !! why id he leave his tools on the van while on holiday !!
back to the jigg key ..thanks Mr froud & news shopper for bringing them to the attention of every potential car/van thief that a jigg or jiggle key will open most cars ...((well done )) moron !!
as for the tools stolen ...sounds like you are a bit of a builder rather than locksmith .......mind you look at the size of that pick you have in the picture ...lol is that how you open a door.....lol
mmmmmm as a ((GENUINE LOCKSMITH)) and not a 3 day locksmith course wonder !! i find it really annoying that this guy who claims to be a locksmith,has no security on his van ,as a jigg key would not open the many extra security locks you can have fitted to the van ...was there no alarm !! why id he leave his tools on the van while on holiday !! back to the jigg key ..thanks Mr froud & news shopper for bringing them to the attention of every potential car/van thief that a jigg or jiggle key will open most cars ...((well done )) moron !! as for the tools stolen ...sounds like you are a bit of a builder rather than locksmith .......mind you look at the size of that pick you have in the picture ...lol is that how you open a door.....lol lockey77
  • Score: -5

3:48am Sun 7 Sep 14

mrLocksmith says...

I am a locksmith and have had this happen before to me. Having signwriting on the side of a van makes you a target. It is so quick and easy to steal tools out of a van, that there is little you can do to stop it.
Locksmiths are resourceful! I'm sure he will be able to carry on.
What's with the jiggle key? hahaha Who would use a jiggle key to open a car? They dont work on most modern cars! Of course there are easy ways to open a car anyway. Being a locksmith he would know how easy cars are to break into? Cant imagine any locksmith turning up to open a car with a jiggle key? makes me laugh :) call me hourlocksmith.com.au
/ if you want your car opened!! without a jiggle key :)
I am a locksmith and have had this happen before to me. Having signwriting on the side of a van makes you a target. It is so quick and easy to steal tools out of a van, that there is little you can do to stop it. Locksmiths are resourceful! I'm sure he will be able to carry on. What's with the jiggle key? hahaha Who would use a jiggle key to open a car? They dont work on most modern cars! Of course there are easy ways to open a car anyway. Being a locksmith he would know how easy cars are to break into? Cant imagine any locksmith turning up to open a car with a jiggle key? makes me laugh :) call me hourlocksmith.com.au / if you want your car opened!! without a jiggle key :) mrLocksmith
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