Police continue to receive reports of theft of construction tools from vehicles, work sites and private properties.
Investigations into these reports have revealed that, in many cases, tools have not been marked by the owners. Police encourage owners to mark their tools with permanent identifying marks. This includes engraving unique marks on the tools, or using a UV marker. Marking tools can be beneficial both as a deterrent to thieves, and as a way to positively identify the owner if tools are recovered.
To keep your possessions safe and avoid becoming the next target, police want to remind the public of the following tips:
- In addition to applying permanent markings, record serial numbers of equipment, so that they can be identified more easily if a theft does occur.
- Don’t leave tools unattended in visible, easily accessible locations on your property or work site. Overnight, ensure tools are locked in a secure location
- As a general rule, don’t leave tools in your vehicle, but if you have too, ensure they are not visible when your car is unattended.
- Park vehicles, particularly those that have construction company decals on them, in well-lit areas and if possible in places with security cameras or security officers on sight.
- Don’t leave vehicles running or leave vehicles with the keys inside unattended, even for a short amount of time.
- Always ensure that you windows up secured shut and doors are locked when leaving your vehicle
Police believe many of these tools are being sold back into the construction industry, and advise workers to be vigilant when considering purchasing second hand tools. Always ask for proof of ownership, and only buy from a reputable source.
If you suspect that a tool being sold has been stolen, then you are encouraged not to participate as this is an offence of handling stolen goods. Anyone with information regarding the resale of stolen tools is encouraged to contact the George Town Police Station on 949-4222
Anonymous tips can be provided directly to the RCIPS via our Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, or via our website.
The RCIPS is investigating these incidents and is encouraging all members of the public to report any such incidents to the police, by contacting 9-1-1, or your nearest police station.