Top Tips to Keep your Tools and Vehicle Safe

Top Tips to Keep your Tools and Vehicle Safe

19th April 2018

Any construction company owner or builder will have invested heavily in the tools and equipment necessary to carry out their work.  The tools of the trade are not cheap and most professionals know that investing in the best they can afford makes sense in the long term.  Most construction industry professionals will look after their tools carefully, keeping them clean, properly maintained and well organised so that they have a long lifespan.  The methods of storing tools and equipment will differ depending on the size of the business, the premises available and other resources.  It’s often the case that a small construction company or sole trader builder really has no option other than to store their tools in their vehicle.  This means that if the vehicle is stolen or broken into, they can lose their means of making a living overnight!  Today, we’re bringing you the top ten tips on making sure your van or work vehicle is secure and that our tools are safe.

  • Lock the Vehicle – this really is a no-brainer, we should all lock our vehicles every time we leave them, no matter which industry we work in.  Even if you’ve pulled up quickly to pop into a shop for a few minutes, this still leaves your vehicle and tools vulnerable, so get into the habit of always locking up.  Security locks will offer a great level of added protection.
  • Alarm – an alarm is an effective and cost-efficient method of safeguarding your vehicle and your tools.  Once an alarm is triggered, it’s likely to raise an instant response, especially in urban areas.  This means that the would-be thief is likely to scarper quite sharpish.
  • Day Time Parking – your vehicle is just as vulnerable to being broken into during the day as it is at night time.  Try to always park your vehicle within sight or close to the entrance to the building site, rather than tucking it away around a corner, out of sight.
  • Night Time Parking – if you don’t have a garage in which to park, park on your drive.  If you do have to park on the street, try to park in a well-lit area.   Public car parks, industrial estates and poorly lit areas are a prime setting for thieves.
  • Branding and Signage – advertising your business by printing it on your van is vital for business, but it can also attract thieves.  The company name or branding on your van or vehicle alerts thieves to the fact that there are likely to be costly tools and equipment inside.
  • Satellite Tracking – whilst tracking may seem an unnecessary expense, it’s become a much more affordable option in recent years.  A device can be installed out of sight in your van and will transmit a signal that allows the van to be tracked.  This means that if your van or vehicle is stolen, you have a much higher chance of recovering it and its contents.
  • Partitioned Cab – if your van doesn’t have a bulkhead, fit a partition behind the passenger seats for extra security.  This will also prevent would-be thieves from seeing inside the back of the van.  This will also provide an extra level of safety – if you break suddenly, it means that the partition will stop anything being carried in the back of the van from being thrown into the front.
  • Internal Security Box – a secure storage box bolted to the floor of your van can be used to store the most expensive tools and equipment, making them more difficult to steal, especially if the theft is opportunist.
  • External Storage Security – the most common items stolen from the roof of a van are ladders.  Invest in lockable clamps to secure your ladders so they can’t be easily removed.