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ARMD, the anti-tool theft specialist, is warning the industry that as darker winter evenings draw in, tool theft increases dramatically. In fact, looking at the insurance claims made by the trade, the winter months are the busiest months for insurance claims by tradespeople who have fallen victim to tool theft.
“Winter provides the veil of darkness thieves use to break into vans,” says Stephen Holland, co-Founder of ARMD. “Our tool insurance and smart van alarm are a great first line of defence, but there are other things you can do to make it tough for the bad guys. Don’t leave your van with the engine running when de-icing it, remember to lock your van and make sure you have some visible deterrent like stickers to show the thieves the van is alarmed.
“It is really important hard-working tradespeople take control now and get their kit insured and their vans protected against these horrible thefts. When your livelihood is at stake, in just a few clicks you can have the peace of mind that should the worst happen, you will be back on the tools in days or even hours, rather than weeks.”
With ARMD, you can quickly insure and protect your business. You can you register your tool inventory for free with the ARMD app and the company’s Guard Smart Van Alarm and Tracker is engineered to safeguard your tools and equipment.
“One of ARMD Guard’s standout features for the darker evenings is its silent alert system,” adds Stephen. “In the unfortunate event of a break-in, where your van is out of sight or is masked in darkness, the ARMD Guard discreetly calls you while the criminals are in action, without them knowing. This allows you to take swift action and call the police, potentially leading to the capture of the culprits in the act and the recovery of your stolen tools.”
Its key benefits are tailored to address the specific needs of tradespeople, ensuring that your tools remain safe and secure. The ‘Plug and Play’ alarm can be set up within a few minutes, with no technical knowledge required. You simply plug it into the OBD port in your van. The alarm is powered via your vehicle’s OBD port, ensuring that it remains operational without draining your van’s battery and the passive infrared sensor goes in the back and watches over your tools looking for movement.
ARMD has some further simple tips to ensure your van and tools stay safe throughout the winter nights.
For more information on ARMD’s total tool protection package visit www.armd.uk