Secure your tools

How to securely store your tools, and what to do if your tools are stolen.

Key crime prevention tips

To prevent theft of your tools:

  • remove or secure valuable items
  • lock all doors and close all windows
  • park in a well-lit and secure area
  • inventory and mark your tools.

Theft prevention checklist

Remove or secure valuable items

  • If possible, do not leave any valuables in your vehicles.
  • If you must leave valuables in your car, place out of sight in the boot, glove box or toolbox. 
  • Fix toolboxes to the tray of utes or the floor of vans. 
  • Lock all toolboxes with a visible lock. Visible locks can be a deterrent. 
  • Install an alarm on toolboxes affixed to ute trays. 
  • Do not leave documents in your car. Your address may be used to locate your home and break into your car or home later. Documents might be used to steal your identity. 
  • Do not leave house keys or garage door openers in your car – they may be used in home burglaries.

Lock all doors and close all windows

  • Install a car alarm.
  • Lock your vehicle when it is unattended, even at worksites. 
  • Close all windows, including the sunroof. 
  • Lock external toolboxes and equipment, if they cannot be removed. 

Park in a well-lit and secure area

  • Park off the street. A locked garage is best, or a driveway if you don’t have a garage. 
  • If parked in a driveway, consider the installation of a sensor light and CCTV.
  • If you need to park on the street, park in a well-lit area. 

Inventory and mark your tools

  • Record serial/model numbers and photograph your tools. 
  • Mark your tools with 'V' followed by your driver's licence number i.e. V123456.

What to do if your tools have been stolen

  • Do not confront the thief. Your safety is more important than your possessions.
  • Do not touch anything. 
  • Call your insurance company. 

Report it

For emergencies, to report a crime in progress, or for immediate police attendance, call Triple Zero (000).

For non-emergencies, call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or report online at Police Assistance Line and Online Reporting.


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