Recently there’s been a sharp rise in thefts of construction and gardening tools. This is usually where tools are either taken from a vehicle or stolen out of a garage or garden.
The tools are then sold on either on social media or to pawn brokers for a profit.
Not only is it really inconvenient when your tools get pinched, but it also can cause a massive financial issue, even if you are insured. You may find that you have a drastic loss of earnings whilst you are obtaining new tools, especially if there is a wait-time on some specialist equipment. Also you may find that after an insurance claim they will increase your premiums for the following years.
So, what can you do to help protect your gardening and construction tools? Well one option is to install some high-quality CCTV and most importantly some good signage that acts as a deterrent to would-be thieves. Next you need to make sure that you have good insurance that covers both your tools and loss of earnings. Shop around to get the best price on this but try not to compromise on cover level. Lastly keep a digital log of all the serial numbers of your tools, that way if they do get stolen you can give those numbers to the police and have more of a chance of recovering these if the thieves try to sell them on.