Did you know that 1 in 4 van drivers has been a victim of tool theft? This is a major problem in the UK that can be costly for tradespeople in more ways than one. Not only does it cost a huge amount to replace your tools, but it can also stop you from working – it is estimated that this costs £550 per day in downtime. So, what can be done to prevent tool crime?
Lock the Van On the Job
Tool theft often happens while you are on the job and away from your van. Criminals will look to take advantage of these periods and act quickly, which is why you should always lock the van when you are on the job. It might be a pain having to unlock it each time, but it is better than losing your tools and being unable to work.
Empty the Van Overnight
It is also a smart idea to empty your van overnight as this is another time when criminals strike. Removing the tools from the van and keeping them somewhere secure at home, such as in a locked garage, will help to prevent theft. It is also worthwhile creating an inventory with serial numbers of everything that you have so that you can check that everything is there when you are emptying the van.
Motion Sensor Cameras
It is also worthwhile having a motion sensor camera installed in the van that will record every time someone accesses the vehicle. While this might not prevent the crime from happening, it will make it much easier to track them down, retrieve your valuable tools and make sure that they face consequences for their actions.
These days, smart technology can play a major role in helping you to secure your tools. Many major companies now have tools with built-in security features that allow you to track and immobilize the tool. You can get this across the whole assortment as well – from daily used impact wrenches all the way to heavy-duty SDS Max drills.
In addition to creating an inventory, you can also register your tools at places like a UK property register site where you can register any valuable asset to increase your chances of it being found and returned. Websites like this are used by the police and are one of the best ways to get reunited with stolen possessions.
These are a few of the best steps that you can take to protect your tools and livelihood. Tool theft is a major problem in the UK, but despite this many van owners take little or no action to protect their tools. Use the above strategies to prevent criminals, to keep your business running and for peace of mind.