As you already know, work tools are expensive and whether you supply the tools at your facility or have your own personal tools that you use, it is important to have a plan in place to safeguard your assets. There are a few ways that you can be proactive and help keep your work tools safer and less prone to theft.
If a theft does happen, these steps can also help recover your losses and investment.
One of the most important things that you can do to keep up with your maintenance tools is to have an inventory of what you have. One way you can do this is to list every piece you have but to make it even easier, you can use a Asset Management Software program which allows you to input the make, model, year bought, serial number, and any other imperative information.
Make sure to register all of your tools and write down your serial numbers along with a description of the item. If you have a place you keep your files, you can include the serial numbers along with your receipts and manuals. This is another instance where asset management software comes in handy since you can list your serial numbers in the program along with your inventory.
It goes without saying that you should keep your tools secure. Even when you are on the work site, make sure you keep an eye on your tools; it is easy for smaller tools to be taken when you're not paying attention. When you leave for the day, if you don't take your tools with you always make sure that they are locked up securely.
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If the worst happens, by having an inventory and your serial numbers you can more easily recover your items if they are pawned or in some cases, if they are sold. Most importantly, having a system in place that allows you to access information to your tools makes it easier to keep up with what you have and file a report if something is stolen.