29 Oct 5 tech-savvy ways to prevent tools being stolen
Visit any worksite and at least one tradie will be able to regale a yarn of a time they had their tools nicked from the back of the ute, swiped on-site or mistakenly carried off by a contractor.
Stolen tools are more than a mere inconvenience – as well as shouldering the replacement costs, your ability to secure work and complete jobs in the meantime is undermined.
So, if you’d be lost without the tools of your trade, here are five tech-savvy and affordable ways to protect your tools from being stolen, help you recover them and potentially reduce your insurance premiums.
If you’re not keeping an up-to-date inventory of all your hand-tools and power-tools, it may well be a case of “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone”.
1. Motion sensing camera
For Melbourne builder Jamie Grenfell, the final straw was when he had $7,000 worth of equipment stolen from his ute in March this year. It was the sixth time he’d been robbed in three years.
His solution – he installed three security cameras and caught the thief in the act.
“It’s my livelihood, I’m actually borrowing tools from another builder until my insurance comes through,” he reportedly said.
If a thief is constantly nicking your tools and you’re at your wit’s end, it could be worthwhile investing in a motion sensor camera to catch them red-handed. Better yet, your camera needn’t look obvious – you can go all James Bond by hiding it in a pen.
2. Microscopic labelling with DataDots
Labelling or engraving your tools can help you recover them if they’re stolen. But you’ve got to take the time to do it properly and there’s only so much identifying information you can scrawl across each tool.
Enter: microscopic labelling technology. You simply pick up an aerosol can and spray hundreds of teeny tiny dots – called DataDots – onto your property.
Each dot displays a unique code which is stored on the National Equipment Register database and can verify ownership, assist in your insurance claims and provide evidence to prove theft.