Tools are a big part in the working life of any handyman and may represent a huge investment. This may be quite tempting for thieves and you’ll need to put up some extra measures to avoid theft. Losing your power-tools can be quite damaging, especially if you use them on a daily basis to make a living. Since it is always good to be safe than sorry, it is best to come up with suitable measures to prevent the theft of your tools.
Here are a few tips.
1. Mark all your tools
Marking can be done by engraving your initials or business name. You can also use indelible ink. This not only helps prevent theft, but also helps in getting your tools back, especially if they are recovered by the authorities. Engraving your business-name or initials also limits the chance of the tools being resold. While engraving the initials , it is important to engrave in places that would make it tricky to rub off. You may also include your phone number and address. Larger items may provide more space for messages such as, ”if sold to you, call this number”.
Garnish colour and fluorescent paint can also be used to mark your tools, since they considerably lower the tools’ aesthetic appeal, hence reducing the appeal to steal the item. It may seem over the top, but may be well worth it.
2. Register your tools
When your tools are registered with the National Property Register, you increase the chances of your tools being recovered after the theft. Registration is free. Remember to record and keep the serial numbers of your tools, as this will be critical when trying to recover your tools. Buying tools from registered and established tool-traders also helps stop the cycle of theft.
3. Lock up your tools preferably indoors
Remember to transfer your tools from your car, since thieves will have a harder time laying their hands on the tools if they are safely locked up in your garage, or inside your home. If putting them indoors is impractical for you, use a box to put the small tools and chain it to a column, so that it can’t be easily loaded on a vehicle. This is because most tool-thieves prefer boxed tools, and padlocking and chaining them will go a long way towards securing your tools. Installing an alarm system and security lights will also help to deter thieves. Van-vaults are also great for storing your power-tools.