Survey reveals the impact of tool theft

Tradespeople who have been victims of tool theft are having to replace up to £5000 worth of tools and can lose up to two days of vital earnings, impacting both their professional and personal lives, a Screwfix survey has found.

After conducting research amongst their customers, 46% of respondents stated they have had their tools stolen, and 39% said they’ve had them stolen at least twice.

When it comes to protecting their tools, the majority of tradespeople said they take measures to keep their tools safe, with the most popular methods being ‘removing tools from the van overnight’ (26%) and ‘installing CCTV’ (18%).

There was also a strong feeling reflected by 56% who believe more should be done to help protect tradespeople’s tools and vans.

Tool marking

One way in which Screwfix is showing its support is through tool marking. Local authorities are hosting events across Screwfix’s 630 stores to help prevent tool theft, drive awareness and provide tips to prevent thefts.

Milwaukee One-Key is a new product that may help tradespeople protect their tools. One-Key is a digital platform that has been integrated into several premium products and enables you to easily pinpoint missing tools quickly. The tool can be remotely locked whilst in range of the One-Key app, making it unusable, even if taken out of range. Screwfix’s survey showed that 60% of tradespeople surveyed would be interested in buying power tools with this type of functionality installed.

Matt Compton, trading director at Screwfix, says: “This survey shows that our tradespeople are looking for solutions which help them protect their tools and ultimately their livelihood. Additions such as Milwaukee One-Key are an example of how we continue to develop our product range to ensure we offer what they need.”

For more information about Milwaukee One-Key, click here.

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