Tools are a tradie’s most valuable possessions, and when even one tool goes missing it can cause a lot of delay and problems in a work day. Unfortunately, theft is on the rise, and it’s not uncommon these days to hear workers complain about missing tools.
Let’s take a look at a few tips to protect your tools from taking an unwanted stroll.
Use a lockable tool bag
Investing in a lockable tool bag can offer extra protection against theft. With a lockable tool bag, it becomes significantly more difficult for thieves to make a quick grab-and-go of your tools. The added effort required to steal a fully locked bag acts as a deterrent and makes it less enticing for potential thieves to target your equipment. It provides you with peace of mind, knowing that your tools are safely stored and not easily accessible to unauthorised individuals.
Mark your tools
Protect your tools with identification. It’s a simple yet effective way to prevent other tradies from snatching your prized possessions. Imagine leaving your tool bag unattended, only to find that someone helped themselves to your spanner. How do you prove it was yours in the first place? Tools aren’t exactly known for their one-of-a-kind designs.
But it’s not just about preventing sticky-fingered co-workers. What about outside thieves? That’s where identification becomes crucial in helping the police recover stolen items. In Caboolture, for instance, the police have launched the Don’t be a Fool, Tag your Tools campaign, offering free engraving days where people can have their tools engraved with a unique code provided by the police.
Another option is using DataDot technology to mark your tools. These microscopic dots contain a unique serial number that can be sprayed onto your tools and machinery. With warning stickers acting as a deterrent and the technology providing a means of identifying stolen items, police have a better chance of recovering your tools.
And with the rise of more advanced tracking technology, it’s easier than ever to ensure that nobody takes what rightfully belongs to you. So, mark your tools and protect your hard-earned gear from disappearing into someone else’s hands.
There’s an app for that
Isn’t a phone considered a tool? Undoubtedly, it’s one of the most essential devices in today’s world, and almost everyone, including our trade workers, possesses one. When you’re on-site, remember to keep your tracking feature activated at all times. This way, if your phone is ever misplaced or stolen, you can remotely track it and erase any stored data.
Lock them up
One of the simplest steps is to lock your utes and cars when they’re not in use. It’s astonishingly easy for thieves to snatch your tools when you’re not keeping a close eye on them. When leaving your vehicle overnight, if you have access to a garage, make sure to park it securely inside. If a garage isn’t available, opt for parking in your driveway rather than on the street, as it provides an additional layer of security.
The goal is to make it as difficult as possible for thieves to take your tools. From lockable tool bags to tracking apps, there’s a lot you can do to minimise the risk and give you peace of mind.
The Tuff Tool Bag was designed by tradesmen for tradesmen. The lockable tool bag boasts rugged good looks, durability, and a variety of pockets to keep you organised.