5 Tips for Preventing Job Site Tool Theft

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It’s one of the most frustrating things a contractor can experience. Sometimes it happens during lunch. Other times it’s at night. On a busy site—with multiple trades working at the same time—tools can even be stolen from right under your nose.

However it happens, it’s maddening. There are, however, a few steps you can take to thwart would-be job site tool thieves.

1. Light It Up

A dark construction job site is an invite to thieves. Install either regular lighting (if it’s appropriate for the site) or motion-activated lighting.

2. Install a Surveillance System or Cameras

This is obviously a bit of an investment, but if you’ve ever had $10,000 worth of construction tools stolen from a job site, you might be willing to pay more for peace-of-mind.

3. Time Deliveries

Many contractors simply don’t accept Friday deliveries if there’s any chance their pipes, siding, or windows will be sitting around all weekend. Although it can be difficult, it’s a good policy to try to time deliveries so that supplies are installed shortly after you receive them.

4. Be a Good Neighbor

Talk to your surrounding property owners and establish a relationship. If you’re dealing with an active job site, you can agree to look out for each other. If you’re working next to a residence or business, a gift card to a local restaurant can go a long way in creating good will—and an extra set of eyes on your site.

5. Put Up a Barrier

There are certainly occasions when the expense of an actual fence is the right solution, but technology has provided another option. Geofences work by creating a virtual perimeter around your construction job site. This allows you to track the entry and exit of people, equipment, and vehicles to your site.

6. Watch out for Your Big-Ticket Items

This is another way in which technology can lend a hand—and it’s easier than installing a geofence. Instead, you just put gps tracking devices on any high-dollar items that are left on site. You wouldn’t stick one on a hammer, obviously, but it could save you thousands of dollars if your Viking fridge or a Cat front-end loader turns up missing.

7. Get It Outta There

It might not be practical to haul a load of equipment all the way back to your shop, garage, or warehouse—or you simply might not have the space. Renting a self storage unit for contractors is an easy way to potentially solve a lot of problems. At StorageMart, we offer affordable self-storage units that are clean and well-lit. What’s more, they can be rented on a month-by-month basis.

According to the National Crime Information Center, construction theft costs contractors almost $1 billion each year. It may pay off in the long run to invest in solutions to keep your tools and supplies where they belong—with you.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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