Tool Theft (Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

Tool Theft (Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

Tools in tradesman’s and company vehicles are regularly targeted by thieves, as they are expensive and easily disposed of at boot fayres or via websites.

Taking he following steps can reduce the risk:

1.When you’re parking your van, even for short periods at the builders’ merchants, a café or on a job, you should think carefully about where you are stopping. Parking with the rear or side doors against a wall or very sturdy railings will help to ensure that they can’t be prised open
 
2.Fit a secure van vault in the rear for expensive power tools. They come in a range of different sizes and can be bolted to the vehicle cargo floor
 
3.Tools are often recovered by the police but frustratingly the police are unable to trace the owner. Security marking your tools using a recognised forensic asset marking or etching kit is another highly effective, visible deterrent to thieves and an established method of reducing theft

4.Tools and other property can be registered on Tool and Asset databases, these systems can assist the Police to trace stolen property back to the owner and importantly prove it was stolen
 
5.Tracking systems can be used for larger tools. Many systems are battery operated and activate once the item is stolen and track the car via GPS and other systems.
 
6.Remove tools from your van when left overnight and store them in a safe place
 
7.If you are parking your vehicle on the street overnight, consider parking it under or near a street light. The opportunistic criminal does not want to be seen or caught and this simple tip may just protect your van, not only from theft but, someone causing criminal damage to your vehicle.