Tool Theft

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Tool theft is a problem. Here are some measures that can prevent it in some cases.


  • Burn your postcode into plastic handles very deeply using a punch or soldering iron.
  • Dip tool handles into a tasteless and thus uncommon colour of gloss paint.
  • Use a 'no tools left on vehicle at night' sign.
  • Carry some very old, very tatty or cheapskate tools among your toolbox, and arrange so these are the most visible items.
  • Use a toolbox that suggests not enough money to buy a new box or good tools. It might for example be in visibly poor condition, or evidently repaired when most would buy a new one.
  • Use a UV visible marker to mark tools and other goods.
  • Display a neighbourhood watch sign in your window.
  • Display a 'goods security marked' sign in your window.
  • Record make, model & serial number of Power Tools, this increases chances of police recovery & successful prosecution.
  • Spread the tools out one sunny day and photograph them. Helps in remembering the usual content of the box, records any particular marks etc on the tools, and provides evidence of ownership of those tools.
  • Never leave tools unattended outdoors. It may be obvious, but it still happens, and insurance is unlikely to pay out.
  • Bring your house security upto a good standard to discourage burglaries.
  • Avoid having expensive tools visible through the window from outside wherever they are being stored or used; be that your workshop, vehicle, or an unattended property.
  • Apply 'smart water'
  • Umm, no


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