There’s nothing more frustrating than realising that you’ve been the victim of theft and all of your tools are gone. Not only does this mean the inconvenience of not being able to do your work without the right tools, it’s also expensive to fork out for replacements. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your tools safe.
Mark your tools
A good way to deter would be a thief is to engrave your tools with your identification details. Engraving your tools makes it much harder for people to sell them on and if they’re recovered, it means the police can find you easily. If your tools are clearly marked, it may also deter people from taking them altogether.
Keep your tools locked away
Yes, this may seem like an obvious one but you need to make sure your toolbox and other storage are properly secured. Even if you’re leaving your tools unattended for a short period, keep them secure as a lot of theft is opportunistic. Go for a heavy duty lock – the harder something looks to break into the less likely it is that you’ll be a target!
Don’t get complacent on site
When it’s time to knock off on site, it’s tempting to drop your tools and head home. However, don’t rely on the security available at the site. Take home all of your tools and materials at the end of the day unless you want to risk them not being there in the morning. If you need to leave anything on site, make sure it’s appropriately secured.
Make sure your vehicle is secure
A lot of tradies keep their tools in the car, however you need to have security in mind. Always lock your vehicle if your tools are inside, even if you’re only going to be a few minutes. It only takes a minute for a thief to open your door and grab your tools. Keep your tools out of sight inside your vehicle and Invest in a bolted down toolbox if you have a ute. Try and park in a garage at night or at least in the driveway. The street is the riskiest place to park as it’s tempting to people walking past late at night.
Property and tools insurance
Although there are steps you can take to avoid your tools being stolen, sometimes it happens no matter how careful you are. Luckily, there is cover you can put in place if the worst happens.
If you’re a tradie who uses tools as a main part of your job (that’s most of you!) then you need to have general property in place. Property and tools cover will protect your financially if your tools or other equipment are lost, damaged or stolen. Repairs and replacements can be very pricey which is why insurance cover is essential.
For property and tools cover or any other form of insurance for tradies, contact All Trades Cover today on 1300 826 850.