Protecting Your Tools Against Theft
A few precautions can bring you peace of mind
Synopsis: Jim Weinman lost all his tools to a robber. In this article he tells others what he has done to deter thieves and explains how to keep a detailed tool inventory and insure your equipment so you can recover its replacement value.
I’m guessing it happened around 2 a.m., when the night was dark and I was sleeping. I’m also guessing they were kids, but maybe they were professional thieves with bad backs, since they didn’t take anything over 50 lb.
But no matter who did it, or why, or when, someone broke into my shop and stole everything they could carry. Six months later I’m still reaching for tools that aren’t there. Handsaws, routers, circular saws, sanders, drills, Dremel tools, drill bits, paddle bits, vises, files, awls, chisels, levels, my lucky hammer, my tape measure, and even my push-in earplugs—all gone. What had taken me 10…