Whether you’ve just treated yourself to some new tools, or you’re keen to hang on to your tried and tested set, it’s not ideal if any of your gear goes missing. Even worse if your prized wheels end up in the same boat. So what can you do to make sure your tools are protected? And how can you prevent opportunist thieves breaking into your truck? Here are some tips to protect your most prized possessions.
Protecting your tools
Even if they have no idea how to use the damn things, people still know value when they see it in your tools. Especially during lower economic times like these, they won’t think twice about taking an opportunity. So let’s not give them one.
Out of sight, out of mind
Make sure that wherever you’re storing your tools, they’re kept as well-hidden as possible. If they’re in your truck, chuck a blanket over them. If they’re in your garage or shed, make sure it’s locked and they’re hidden from view through any windows or doors. Even if your garage door is only open for a second, someone walking by can see what you’ve got on offer and might remember it for future opportunities.
We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again – one of the best things you can do to protect your tools from theft, or at least recover them easily if they’ve been stolen, is to engrave them. It doesn’t have to be your entire personal data set, just your initials or a symbol that’s easily recognisable will do. It’s much harder for thieves to hock tools that have someone’s name or number etched into it as it’s a pretty obvious giveaway, so they’ll definitely think twice.
Keep a record
If your tools do get stolen, etching and all, it can be tricky to remember just what you had in your toolbox come claim time. By keeping a record of everything you’ve purchased, including serial numbers and receipts, you’ll have a much better time of it when you need to have them replaced. Include as much detail as you can, with photos of each tool – although it seems time-consuming, it’s much better to do it now to save you further hassles down the track.
Protecting your wheels
Sometimes people will break windows and steal your ride, and there’s just not a lot you can do about it. But minimising the chances of that happening will make a huge difference.
Make parking a priority
We know it’s not always easy to find that prime parking spot for your truck, but there are a few important considerations you can make when parking that will help deter wannabe thieves. Try to pick a space that would make it difficult to get in and out – you’ll definitely notice someone trying to make a getaway if they hit a fence in the process! Whenever you’re not working, keep your truck parked in a locked garage, or as close to your home as possible. Parking halfway down your street in a dimly lit area is not ideal.
Invest in some tech
An alarm won’t physically stop someone making away with your vehicle, but it is a pretty good deterrent. Get one that has the full package with loud sirens, flashing lights, whatever will draw the most attention – just try not to accidentally set it off yourself…Getting a GPS tracker will also take your vehicle security to the next level. It’s not exactly cheap, but if it helps the police catch those sons o’ guns who took your wheels, then it’ll all be worth it!
You knew this one was coming, right? There’s not a lot you can do if your truck (or your tools) get stolen and you don’t have insurance, so it’s kind of a no-brainer. If you need to get tool or vehicle insurance sorted, or you just want to have a nosey to see if you can get a better deal, come and chat to the team at Cactus. Because we’re run by tradies, we know exactly what you need and we won’t try and fleece you in the process!