Triple R Radio

Today Shane was interviewed on Melbourne’s Triple R Radio about tool theft.

The interview was triggered by a recent incident in Melbourne where a 55-year old electrician was bashed before having his vehicle and tools stolen.

It happened in broad daylight at 4pm, which is just crazy.  We deal with a lot of tool insurance claims, but we’ve never heard of anything like this before.

You can read more about this very concerning incident here.

Whilst there’s not much you can do to stop this type of attack, Shane did talk about other things you can do to help prevent tool theft.

Unfortunately we don’t have a recording of the interview, but here’s the gist of it:

Keep your tools out of sight

Many tradies keep there ute or trailer in the driveway, where it can be seen by all.

It’s not always possible to fit this gear into your garage every night, but if you can, this is your number one defence.

Lock them up

You need to keep your gear as secure as possible.

Bolt cutters will get through most chains and padlocks, so it’s worth investing in quality locks that can’t be broken so easily.

Engrave them

Engraving your tools won’t stop them from being stolen, but it will improve your chances of getting your gear back if the police recover them.

The police recommend engraving your driver’s licence number into your tools, as this is the easiest way for the police to find you.

Thanks to Josh from Triple R for reaching out to us, and for giving more exposure to the curse that is tradie tool theft.

We hope that the electrician involved, Frank Ascenzo, is recovering well after the incident.  It was great to hear that Frank did have his tools insured and escaped without any serious injuries.

Talking Stolen Tools