Whether you are a business owner or an apprentice just starting out, having to buy tools is a considerable expense. Tool theft prevention is an important but often overlooked aspect of running your business. Here we’re bringing you some top resources in the one spot to help with tool theft prevention. While insurance can cover losses, it doesn’t cover the frustration, fear and feeling of violation of being robbed of both your tools and income until they are replaced.
Theft of tools is becoming a common problem, whether taken from construction sites, trade vehicles or garden sheds.
Police believe that the perpetrators are well organised and actively targeting worksites and trade vehicles.
Police are locating a significant amount of tools at drug search warrants as they are stolen and used as a commodity to buy methamphetamine and other drugs. By reducing the risk of your tools being stolen you are also contributing to the fight against methamphetamine.
Police are unable to return tools to owners because they have not recorded their serial numbers or don’t have other identifiable marks such as a driver’s licence number engraved on the items.
Disappointingly, this often results in less charges for the offender as no owner can be proven.
Power tools will often have serial numbers that should be recorded and have your driver’s licence engraved on the item. Better still a covert form of identification like a forensic property marking such as offered by SelectaDNA.
The installation of unique identifiers on power tools is more robust as serial numbers can be removed. SelectaDNA is a covert marking system, similar to data dots. Police are equipped with the special lights that can identify if property is marked.
Being able to positively identify stolen property in the possession of someone else then allows Police to track down the owner and charge the suspect.
An initiative of the NZ Police, you can register your property serial numbers and provide these to the Police if the items are stolen. This is a free service and ensures you can instantly retrieve your asset list details if required and makes it harder for criminals to sell stolen goods in NZ. Record the serial numbers here.
This is also useful for insurance purposes to keep a record of all tools you own in the unfortunate event of a loss.
Loss Prevention Initiatives for Worksites
Loss Prevention Initiatives for Trade Vehicles with Equipment Inside
Loss Prevention Initiatives for Personal or Work Property at Home
We hope these resources have provided you some great ways to protect your tools. If you’ve got a friend in the business too, share this blog with them so they too can be safe.
Have look at an initiative Police are doing to help Builders and Tradies keep their tools safe.