Recent statistics from the Victorian Police show that crime rates throughout the major Australian metropolitan centres have continued to rise, with power tools being one of the main targets of thieves. A recent report compiled by the Victorian Police has shown that robberies have increased throughout the last decade, with the rate of both automotive and household burglaries rising. Thieves are not only increasing the prevalence of their activities, but they are also focusing on different items than what the public may think of protecting.
Thefts From Automobiles
The total amount of thefts from automobiles in Victoria in 2013/2014 was 48,506, which is a significant increase from 42,957 in 2012/2013. The most common location for automotive break-ins was in residential locations. One of the most alarming statistics for tradesman is not only the amount of thefts, but also the items that were targeted. Power tools were the fourth most targeted item behind number plates, cash and wallets. Thieves often target power tools as they are easy to transport, are hard to identify and can easily be sold on online sites.
Thieves that are targeting power tools as an easy option have been put on notice with rising reports of vigilantes that are infuriated with the increasing prevalence of thefts from automobiles. In the United Kingdom a man recently tracked down over $6000 of power tools that were stolen from him and led the police to the thief who arrested the culprit on site. The handyman searched on Ebay for his tools and was surprised when he found them only two days after they were stolen. He won the bid for the items and organised with the local police force to rendezvous at the thief’s house when he went to purchase his tools back.
Protect Your Power Tools
Authorities are saying the key to reducing the amount of power tool robberies is prevention. Here are some of the best tips to reduce the risk of your power tools being stolen:
Paint your tools a bright colour - By making your power tools easily identifiable it reduces the risk that they will be stolen. Not only does it make them easier to identify, but it also makes them less valuable in the eyes of thieves, so they are less likely to take them.
Engrave your name – By engraving your name in your tools you ensuring that they are easily identifiable. Engraving is a better option than painting your tools as even if they are painted over you can still see the engraving.
Keep a serial number inventory – If you own a number of power tools keep a record of the serial numbers of all of your tools. Keep the record in a safe place and record all of the details of the tools, including: serial number, model number, purchase date and colour.
Some power tools retailers are introducing power tools which are enabled with RFID chips so that companies can track where thier tools are at all times. It is hoped that by increasing the awareness of power tool theft and the introduction of tracking technologies the amount of power tools being stolen in Australia will be reduced in the coming year.