How to protect tradie tools from theft
Tradie tools are prime targets for thieves because they’re high value and easily portable. Learn how to protect your tools from theft by discouraging thieves and preventing removal.
Losing trade tools to theft is a big issue for both domestic handypeople and professional tradespeople. The theft of tools costs Victorian tradies $20million a year, with over 29,000 tools stolen in the 12 months to March 2023, according to the Crime Statistics Agency.
Tool theft can have a devastating effect on sole traders and small businesses. Not only will the tradie have to buy replacements, but they will also not be able to work at full capacity until they fork out hundreds or thousands of dollars to replace their tools.
“Some tradies can be lackadaisical when it comes to securing their tools,” says Neighbourhood Watch CEO Bambi Gordon. “As so many are stolen, it becomes the norm, and anyway – won’t insurance cover it? The issue is that even if insurance covers it, the tradie is without tools, which can affect income and their relationship with their employer or client.”
That’s why it’s important to learn how to protect your tools at home, on the road and at work. Here’s what you need to know about rising tradie tool theft, plus tips on protecting your tools.