Did you know that tool theft in the UK is currently on the rise? We spoke to a farmer the other day that had his farm broken into. The thieves got away with lots of his tools. This was extremely inconvenient as it meant he had to complete an insurance claim, but also replace the tools.
The worst part about this is that he didn’t know what tools he had. While he could remember the tools that he had purchased most recently, the more expensive tools and the tools that he used the most, there were some tools he just couldn’t remember. In fact months down the line he was still looking for stolen tools that had been long forgotten about. These were stolen tools he didn’t claim for in the insurance claim. He only realised they were missing when he went to use it.
Simply Business put together a report of the top 10 cities which had the most claims of tool theft in the UK during 2017. The report showed the following results;
- Tunbridge Wells
Looking at our local area, the results are worrying. In 2017 some areas in the South East of England made up to 300 reports of stolen tools from their business or home.
It is essential that you have security in place to protect your tools. This could be CCTV or security lighting in the garden over your shed. Alternatively you could have CCTV cameras, intruder alarms or security lighting at your business. This will help deter thieves from stealing the tools from the vans in your car park or tools from within your business.
Take the time to write down the tools that you have. This way if items are stolen you can quickly and easily see which tools are missing. By listing the tools you’ll be able to complete your insurance claim sooner and replace the tools easier too.
Consider your security to ensure you’re not the next victim of tool theft in the UK.