5 Theft Prevention Tips For Landscapers
If you own a landscaping company, then nothing you work with is going to be as sacred to you as your tools. Your tools are what allow you to run your business and make money, and keeping them in good working order, and more importantly, in your possession, will literally make or break your success. Good tools are expensive, but well worth the investment. Below are five theft prevention tips for landscapers to minimize your chances of ever being robbed.
Lock your car and take your keys out
You would be surprised how many landscapers think that because their truck is in the driveway of the house they are currently working on that there is no way anyone is going to steal their stuff. But break-ins can happen right under your nose, and a would-be thief who spots a truck full of expensive landscaping equipment, and a set of keys in the ignition, will think that he or she has just scored themselves both a truck, and a bed full of expensive tools.
Don’t keep your tools unsecured at your home
If you use the same tools around your own house as you do on the job site, you want to make double sure that you keep your tools locked up and hard to reach while they are at your home. Don’t keep tools loose in your truck sitting in your driveway. If you take them in and out of your car every day, make sure that they are secured in your garage, garden shed, or somewhere else with security.
Invest in a self storage unit
If you are planning on going away for an extended period of time, and you are leaving not just expensive tools at home, but expensive tools that are also vital to you running your business (and being able to take future vacations), consider keeping them somewhere doubly secure. A self storage unit will be watched over, have security cameras and tough locks to deter thieves, and will be able to provide you with the peace of mind that your assets are well looked after while you are away.
Keep an inventory of what you own
Sometimes when you are robbed (whether by employees or someone on the street) you don’t realize it is happening because things get stolen from you little by little, until you start to wonder where everything went. It’s a good idea to do an inventory check at the end of each day to make sure that you are leaving with everything you came in with.
Don’t take a chance when it comes to your livelihood. Keep the above security tips in mind and definitely consider outsourcing that security to a reputable self storage unit if you plan on leaving your tools by themselves for any extended length of time. This way, you know your hard earned money, and valuable investments are not going to waste and you can stay in business for many years to come.