In the process of building a big timber framed workshop & office where our delightful concrete 50's garage used to be at the back of our house. It's just visible from the road. Was up a ladder finishing off the 1st fix framing with my newly aquired Paslode nail gun (they really are the business), when something caught my eye. I noticed a very noisy diesel Transit slowly backing up along the front of the house (about 100ft away) and the passenger giving the house a good once over. As soon as he saw me glaring back he roared away. Stupidly I thought nothing of it. Later that night (midnight) had just gone to bed and heard a very noisy diesel engine, alarm bells immediately went off (in my stupid stupid head) and I dashed to the window only to see the same transit, with the driver breaking into another van further up the road. The vans alarm went off and the transit roared away. Went down stairs to discover the thieving b*astards had been over the fence, round the back of our house, down to the air raid shelter at the bottom of the garden and had it away with about £3k's worth of tools & gardening stuff. Stupidly I was keeping all the stuff that was in the garage in the bunker, which only has a flimsy locked door on it. So they stole loads of DeWalt tools, my sliding mitre saw that I'd just bought last weekend (£180), petrol chainsaw, strimmer & leaf blower etc. They also took my sons "Mini style" paddling pool, a decent garden table & chairs and a toddler sized picnic table But they left 2 decent mountain bikes which leads me to believe they were "so called" gypsies (dodgy old van, sheer f*cking cheek to not even wait until we'd gone to bed, and they didn't take anything that could be easily identified). Funnily enough a bunch of "travellers" have just setup shop at an industrial park a couple of miles away and I did a bit of surveillance last night and there was all sorts of sh*t going down. Vans turning up, lots of loading and unloading so I went to the police. Unfortunately they're a little busy making money out of motorists to be interested in actual crime, so I won't be holding my breath. The only upside is they didn't get the nail gun, which is now by my bed (in case they come back). Not sure what the penalty is for shooting scum with a nail gun, but I don't really care at the moment. I seriouisly think it's time to emmigrate, this place is a toilet!