Thieves get busy stealing tradies’ tools

Mount Gambier police are urging tradies to be vigilant with their work vehicle security following a recent spate of thefts.

Police have received about six reports in a week primarily in the Conroe Heights area where entry has been gained to work vehicles and tools targeted.

A SAPOL spokesperson said some vehicles have been left unlocked and police wanted to remind tradies to make sure they leave their vehicles and equipment secure.

“While it presents challenges for ute owners, police are urging them to secure the canopies of their utilities while they are away from the vehicle and whenever possible keep their vehicles behind a closed, locked roller/garage door,” the spokesperson said.

“Having tools stolen is a serious inconvenience especially for those who rely on them for work.

“Consider putting tools into a locked steel cabinet so tools cannot be seen and engrave tools with drivers licence, company name or other identifying feature.

“If you observe anybody acting suspiciously around, or stealing from vehicles, you are asked to call police immediately on 131 444.”

Tool theft prevention tips:

• Keep an inventory of your tools and equipment.

• Account for and check off your tools and equipment at the beginning and end of the day.

• Park your vehicle off the road and if possible, in a secure garage or area.

• Pack tools away in secure enclosures such as sheds, when not in use.

Lock your vehicle doors and close windows.

• Secure all toolboxes and equipment to your vehicle.

• Any large equipment should be locked to your vehicle with a chain and padlock and covered if possible so it cannot be seen.

• Thieves will look into vehicles to see what items can be easily stolen.

• If tools and equipment cannot be secured, remove them.

• Record the make, model and serial number of your tools.

• Use metal engravers or a welder to mark your property with ‘SA’ for your state and your driver’s licence number, to make it harder for a thief to sell and easier for police to re-unite you with your equipment.

• Photograph machinery and valuable items and store the photos safely.

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