There’s nothing worse than having a thief steal your tools. They’re expensive, they can be tough to get and, in my case, they are almost like my family. I make a living off of using my power tools and hand tools, but when they come up missing, I lose out twice. I’ve had a lot of things stolen from the job, but along the way, I’ve learned a few tricks that can help you to keep your tools out of a thief’s hands. Use the following four tips and prevent tool theft from your home, shed or truck.
Plain as the Nose on Your Face
Some of the dumbest mistakes I’ve made with my tools was to leave them out when I wasn’t using them. Putting all of your tools in a pile on the back porch until you need them the next day is like putting up a billboard that says “free tools.” When you’re not going to be using the tool, put it away in a safe location behind closed doors. If it’s out of site, it’s out of mind-and hopefully it will stay out of the thief’s pocket.
Under Lock and Key
Even if tools and materials are out of sight, they can still fall into a thief’s hands. Toll boxes on the back of a pickup truck are a sure sign to a thief that easily accessed tools are nearby. A quick flip of the handle and all of your tools and materials are conveniently available to the criminal. And with a flip up lid, it’s the perfect cover for nefarious activities. Lock your tool box, lock your truck door and lock up your tools in your work shed every time to prevent thievery.
Locking up all of your stuff is easy enough, but what about when you’re working on the job? You can’t keep everything locked up out on an open slab — or can you? A jobsite gang box is the perfect solution to jobsite theft. These sturdy and stout steel boxes help to keep all of my stuff safe and secure when on the job. Best of all, I can chain the box to the job and leave it overnight without having to worry about tools being stolen. It would take a cutting torch or a bulldozer to get one of these suckers open without a key.
Write It Down/Fill It Out
The first thing when I used to buy a new tool was to throw away the registration form that came with the product. Don’t do it! Fill it out, register the tools and file the paperwork. Be sure to write down the serial number and even take a quick photo for reference. It can make all the difference. This way, if your tools do get stolen, police can have a better chance of tracking them down if they are bought, sold or repaired later on down the road.