Christmas Close-down Period
The General Insurance team at One50 Group would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe & happy New Year to you and your family!
We will be closed from Monday 24th December 2018 until Monday 14th January 2019, however while we may not be at our desks, we will be checking our phones and emails daily in case of claims and other emergencies. If your usual adviser is not immediately available, you can try any of the team members below, otherwise for non-urgent queries, we will respond on our return to the office in the New Year.
Luca Biuso 027 206 7881 firstname.lastname@example.org
Steph Wyatt 027 539 7585 email@example.com
Isabel Borok 027 587 4627 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shanna Parsons 021 444 672 email@example.com
Security Tips for Tradies’ Tools and Equipment
1. Mark your tools
One of the simplest ways to deter thieves is to mark your equipment by engraving your driver’s license number or company name onto it.
This helps to prevent theft because the owner of the equipment is easy to identify, and it also means that if equipment is stolen and
recovered, it can be returned to the rightful owner.
Because engravings and serial numbers can be removed, another method is to use secret data dot markings. Data dots are micro-dots contained within a binder and can be sprayed onto tools and equipment. Each dot contains unique information which has been laser etched into it. Data-dot information is registered onto a database and Police can
access the database if property is recovered or criminals arrested.
2. Record serial numbers
Another great step is to record the serial numbers of tools and equipment that have them. The New Zealand Police have an initiative called the Serial Number Action Partnership (SNAP) where people can register and record their property’s serial numbers on a central database (www.snap.org.nz). This is a free service, and allows information to be provided to the police if the equipment is stolen. This initiative aims to make it harder for criminals to sell the stolen goods and provides a positive method of confirming ownership if the items are recovered.
3. Take photographs and keep receipts
Tradies purchasing new equipment should ensure they take and store photographs of their tools and keep the receipts in a secure place. As well as helping identify your items if they are recovered, this can make lodging a claim much simpler for you if anything is stolen. These can be stored on the NZ Police SNAP database.
4. Keep tools secure on site
If you’re leaving tools on site, they should be properly secured to help prevent theft. Tools can be stored in a shed or shipping container with doors that can be secured with a high-quality padlock. Covering or shrouding the lock can also protect the padlock from attack by crow bar, bolt cutters or angle grinder.
Additional physical security measures you could use include a secure fence at least 1.8m high, good lighting, or digital CCTV coverage. Using a simple checklist to ensure that
everything used on site is returned to its storage shed can also be a good idea, especially on larger sites where tradies might be sharing common equipment.
5. If you must leave your tools in a vehicle, make sure they’re protected
When not kept on site, tools and equipment are often stored in a tradie’s vehicle. Theft of these items from vehicles is common, because it’s quite easy to force vehicle locks or rear canopies to break in. Ideally, tools should be removed from vehicles and securely stored, but if that’s not practical, there are still steps you can take to secure them.
Tools in vehicles can be stored in a sturdy, lockable tool box that is secured to the vehicle. If the tool box doesn’t have its own locking mechanism, a close shackle padlock should be used.
Ensuring that your vehicle is equipped with an audible intruder alarm system, and that your tool box is equipped with an intrusion sensor, can also help to prevent theft. You can also consider fitting steel bars to vehicle and canopy windows to improve security to these weak spots, or have the vehicle windows tinted so that the interior of the vehicle is not visible. Where the vehicle is parked can also make a difference, because thieves can easily access a vehicle (and get away again) when it’s parked in the open. If possible, park your vehicle in a garage or behind a fences gates. Parking in well-lit spots can also discourage thieves.
Remaining vigilant can also help to prevent crime, so remember to keep an eye out for anything suspicious. When on site, tradies should report any suspicious activity to site management, security, the customer or police. For information about financing check out unsecuredloans4u.co.uk
Ref: Vero Insurance – Aug 2018