With crime rates in the UK including robbery on the rise, the life of a mobile mechanic is made even more complex. The need for security surrounding your vehicles and tools is paramount to ensuring you reduce the risk of theft, leading to claims against your mobile mechanic’s insurance as well as lost work and income. But how can you protect against tool theft? And can you really beat the thieves? Here, we take a look at a few strategies that may help you avoid becoming another statistic.

Never leave tools in your vehicle

It sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many mobile mechanics insurance claims are made when tools were left in their vehicles at the end of the day. It can be very easy to forget this when you’re at the end of a busy working day and you’re tired but making it part of your nightly routine is vital to avoid opportunists. Make sure to lock your vehicle up as well, despite there being no tools in there, and advertise the fact that there are no tools in your vehicle – there are stickers/decals available to do just this job.

When it’s not possible to bring them in

If tools are too large, or are fixed to your vehicle, your best bet may be to park so that it would take a lot of manoeuvring to get them out of your vehicle. Parking with the entry points to your vehicle close to walls, hedges etc may mean you have to be careful getting in and out yourself, but it will put opportunist thieves off. Try and park where there’s CCTV, and if you’re at home, look at getting cameras installed. It may mean an initial outlay, but it is usually worth it.

Make them identifiable

Using special paints or markers, write your name and an identifying sign on your tools to help identify them in the event that someone else does get hold of them. You’d be surprised at how many people don’t do this – it is a relatively simple job that may take a little time to do if you have a lot of tools but can prove vital if your tools are recovered from the criminals that stole them. Clear markings also can help put thieves off taking the tools in the first place, as they are harder to sell on!

Your tools are vital to your ability to do your job as a mobile mechanic, so therefore protecting them should be top of your ‘to do’ list. How have you protected your tools?