Delayed jobs, losing out on work and even having to take out a loan or borrow money are just some of the implications for tradespeople when tools are stolen according to a new survey from Chadwicks Group.
The research carried out by Ireland’s leading builders’ merchants among 375 tradespeople around the issue of tool theft reveals that 71% of tradespeople have had their tools stolen with over a third (35%) saying the value of tools stolen was in excess of €3,000. 62% have had to delay a job or postpone work due to this issue, 36% had to take out a loan or borrow money to replace stolen tools while 11% say it put them out of work.
Two thirds of tradespeople say tools were stolen from their van or car while 51% say they have had tools stolen from the job. Indicating the severity of this issue, 34% say they had their tools stolen twice in their career while 18% say it’s happened three times. 74% say the theft was reported to the Gardaí but in the majority of cases, the stolen items were not recovered.
Despite this being a significant issue for the trades, 82% admit to not having their tools insured, 70% don’t have a lock box for their tools and (22%) say they don’t mark their tools to help identify them if taken.
The purchasing of tools for work is a significant outlay for tradespeople with 34% saying they need to buy some form of tools each month and 43% every six months. Almost three quarters spend an average of €2,000 a year on tools.
Commenting on the findings Patrick Atkinson, CEO, Chadwicks Group said: “The issue of tool theft is a significant one for the industry and the repercussions of which have a serious impact for tradespeople. Our research shows that 71% are affected by this issue and for many this has happened more than once in their career. We want to raise awareness for this issue and provide tradespeople with advice on how to help safeguard their tools.”
Chadwicks has added two lock boxes to its online offering: the Cat CT28R and Cat CT44R. Priced from €659, the Cat Jobsite Chests are built with 16-Gauge steel and feature secure pins and a double padlock system to help resist break in attempts. Both lock boxes have a built-in tool tray to keep smaller parts easily organised, with plenty of space for bigger tools underneath.
Advice from An Garda Síochána on how to keep tools safe:
For more information on the Garda Property app, visit: An Garda Síochána App – Garda