While it may be impossible to eliminate tool theft entirely, there are practical steps you can take to minimise the risk of your tools being stolen.
Here are some essential tips:
Ensure that your tools are stored in a secure location, preferably in a locked toolbox or cabinet. If possible, store them in a well-lit area with restricted access, such as a locked garage, storage room or secure business unit. If you have to keep your tools in your van overnight, then make sure your van is locked, and is visible from your property.
- Mark and register your tools
Engrave or mark your tools with a unique identifier, such as your initials or a distinct symbol. Additionally, consider registering your tools with a national or local database, which can help law enforcement identify and recover stolen items.
- Toughen your physical security
Install robust locks, alarms, and security cameras in your workshop, garage, or construction site. Visible security measures can act as deterrents and make thieves think twice before attempting to steal your tools. You can even throw a ‘no tools kept in this van overnight’ sticker on your vehicle to act as a deterrent.
- Strengthen vehicle security
Invest in additional security measures if you frequently transport tools in your vehicle. Install a sturdy lock on the vehicle’s rear doors and consider adding an alarm system or a GPS tracking device. Always try to park in well-lit areas or near surveillance cameras whenever possible and try to block access to your rear and side doors when leaving your van.
There is an increasing trend on social media to video yourself whilst at work. As fun as creating the next big TikTok can be, remember to stay cautious when posting visibility of your tools and where they’re kept on social media or online platforms. Avoid revealing specific details or sharing pictures that might attract unwanted attention from potential thieves.