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Stolen tools are a concern for 98% of tradesmen

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Anna Delves

7 February 2017

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Theft of tools and vans is a major concern for UK tradesmen, according to a new survey by Simply Business.

98% of tradesmen fear stolen tools

Without your tools and a way of getting them - and yourself - to the place you’ll be working, it would be impossible to carry out your job, whether you’re a plumber, joiner, or any other kind of tradesman.

It’s no wonder, then, that the overwhelming majority of tradespeople we polled said that tool and van theft were a serious concern for them.

And the fear isn’t unfounded. At the end of last year, a spike in the number of vans broken into saw nearly 100 reported incidents of tool theft - in just one county.

Keeping your tools safe

With these concerns clearly warranted, here are the ways you can help protect your livelihood:

  • Make sure to remove your tools from your van whenever possible, particularly overnight
  • If there are times when you need to leave tools in your van, make sure your alarm is fully functional and consider having extra locks fitted
  • Again, if you need to leave tools in your van, try to park in a busy, well lit area and, where possible, back your rear doors against a wall to make access more difficult
  • You can register your tools for free on the Immobilise register, which will help the police identify them if they’re recovered after a theft.
  • Another way to recover tools - and deter theft - is to visibly mark them, either with engravings or a permanent marker.

It’s also a good idea to check that you’ve protected your equipment with tool insurance. Make sure to check your documents so that you understand the limits and exclusions of the policy and know what type of claims will be covered, as well as what your insurer expects of you.

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