A recent look at in-house data by Simply Business has revealed the top 10 places thus far in the 2018 for tool theft crime, with London, Sheffield, Birmingham and Leicester hitting the top spots. Their data also revealed July was a key target month for criminals, and Monday being particularly high for theft.
We know all too well at Tuffboxes the methods criminals take to get the tools out of a van, from the 2016 rise of ‘peel and steal’ method, to relatively and easy to buy kits that mimic key fobs to gain entry. Keeping your tools save in the van has become even more important in recent years to help minimise the impact on day-to-day business.
Fiona, McSwein, CCO of Simply Business said; “Tool theft is undoubtedly the number one issue affecting hard-working tradespeople across the country. Over the last year, we’re handling three tool theft claims every single day. Stolen tools can be devastating – beyond the financial loss, it takes away people’s ability to carry out their work and negatively impacts customer relationships too”
Simply Business further reported that tool claims can be anywhere from £5,000 to £11,000 with a rise of 15% from 2016 to 2017 in claims made.
It’s always worth making sure you’ve got the basics covered to help tackle tool theft which we outline in our Tuffbox Care page such as:
- Make sure your car and van doors / windows are locked at all times, even if you’re just ‘popping’ to a customer to post an invoice or pick up some materials.
- Secure your tools overnight out of the van. If this is not possible, make sure they are in a tool box with tamper proof hinges, secured locks and sturdy sheet metal, such as our Tuffboxes.
- Make sure to anchor the toolbox to a fixing point in your van or worksite.
- As well as trying to prevent theft, if the worst happens, make sure you have tool insurance on your gear.
- Take a photo of your tools and note all your serial numbers with the tool brand name and model. This will help speed up any claims you may need to make.