Machinery and tools
Just like a good worker never blames their tools, a good worker always takes adequate security precautions to help prevent becoming a victim of tool-theft.
- Secure or immobilise vehicles and equipment when not in use and remove keys from cars, tractors and other vehicles which are unattended.
- Try to avoid leaving machinery in isolated locations or fields - particularly near roads - where they can be removed without attracting attention.
- Mark your machinery and tools visibly with a postcode and house/farm name – this not only acts as deterrent to thieves, but also helps reunite stolen property with the rightful owners if it is recovered. Consider making a list of tools, together with serial numbers and any identifying marks.
- Keep tools locked away when not in use. As well as being taken away, they could be used to gain access to secured premises.