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Lock up your tools

By 19 December 2012 28

ACT Policing and the Master Builders Association (MBA) of the ACT have joined forces to urge builders to secure their construction sites and tradesmen to secure their tools in the lead up to the holiday period.

The warning comes after police identified a group of people from Young in NSW, believed to be responsible for at least 43 thefts from toolboxes and utility vehicles in the Gungahlin region between August and October.

Last month, police executed two search warrants, one at a house in Forde and the other at a house in Crace. As a result of the warrants police seized carpentry tools, toolboxes, drills and a generator all suspected to be stolen. Police also seized 100 tablets, suspected to be steroids, from the house in Forde.

A 20-year-old man is expected to be summonsed to face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date charged with theft. It will be alleged he stole a quantity of tools from over 100 vehicles and trailers over the past six months.

A 19-year-old man is expected to be summonsed to the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date to face charges relating to receiving stolen property.

Officer-in-Charge of Gungahlin Station, Sergeant Jeff Knight, said the outcome of this investigation demonstrates how important it is to report theft to police, as a chain of offences may become apparent and assist the police investigation.

“This was a primarily intelligence-led investigation by Gungahlin Patrol who worked closely with AFP Forensics, ACT Policing Intelligence and Criminal Investigation detectives which generated this outstanding result.

“It was due to members of the public reporting the thefts to police and Crime Stoppers reports which enabled police to track the increase in thefts in the Gungahlin area,” Sergeant Knight said.

Master Builders ACT Executive Director, John Miller, has joined ACT Policing in imploring his members and the broader industry to ensure the security of their building and construction sites in light of recent thefts that have occurred particularly on residential sites.

“Each year we deal with issues where theft has impacted both in terms of time and cost on projects and in a number of cases some more diligence in securing tools and valuable equipment may have prevented losses. With the approaching Christmas and New Year period I would remind the industry to double check their sites, particularly those in more remote locations, before vacating for the holiday season,” urged Mr. Miller.

“It doesn’t always require an expensive technology or alternative security option to protect tools and equipment, sometimes it is just a more conscious awareness in thinking about how to remove or reduce any vulnerabilities,” he concluded.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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28 Responses to Lock up your tools
#1
CrocodileGandhi11:46 am, 19 Dec 12

Pity. I was hoping that was going to be a euphemism.

#2
PBO2:44 pm, 19 Dec 12

Sadly, most of the time the “thief” is the tradie themselves. Take your tools home and say that they were stolen, claim insurance, blame site security and be done with it.

#3
Conan of Cooma3:15 pm, 19 Dec 12

When Tradies learn to drive I will start having a modicum of respect for them, and might care about this story.

#4
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd4:37 pm, 19 Dec 12

PBO said :

Sadly, most of the time the “thief” is the tradie themselves. Take your tools home and say that they were stolen, claim insurance, blame site security and be done with it.

Source?

I was in construction industry for around 9 years and never heard of this once.

#5
neanderthalsis4:39 pm, 19 Dec 12

Conan of Cooma said :

When Tradies learn to drive I will start having a modicum of respect for them, and might care about this story.

Are tradies the new white commodore driving Asian women wearing hats?

#6
gazket5:19 pm, 19 Dec 12

I wonder why no names are mentioned. I wouldn’t mind having a look around his house as well.

#7
gazket5:20 pm, 19 Dec 12

Conan of Cooma said :

When Tradies learn to drive I will start having a modicum of respect for them, and might care about this story.

when the scumbag gets off shall we send him to your place . we won’t care about that either

#8
RadioVK6:46 pm, 19 Dec 12

Anyone who would steal another man’s tools of trade is a lowlife, depriving them of not only the value of their tools, but compromising their ability to make a living.

Public flogging, followed by tar and feathers, I say.

#9
PantsMan6:54 pm, 19 Dec 12

Most Christmas and New Years period are a time when PantsMan makes a concerted effort to get is tools out.

#10
NoImRight7:19 pm, 19 Dec 12

Conan of Cooma said :

When Tradies learn to drive I will start having a modicum of respect for them, and might care about this story.

I assume the next time you need one you’ll share with him that he’s a shithouse driver and you hope he’s the victim of crime? I suggest you at least get the quote first.

#11
Pork Hunt7:31 pm, 19 Dec 12

Conan of Cooma said :

When Tradies learn to drive I will start having a modicum of respect for them, and might care about this story.

And if I may borrow your broad brush for a moment I’ll add that everyone from Cooma is a knob AND an oxygen thief…

#12
desertdreaming7:57 pm, 19 Dec 12

Having your tools nicked can be just as annoying whether you are a high viz chap or a salary man. Also, be vigilant to electricity theft. Can be much cheaper running a cord to the neighbours external power point than hiring and fueling a generator.

#13
bikhet8:26 pm, 19 Dec 12

Pork Hunt said :

Conan of Cooma said :

When Tradies learn to drive I will start having a modicum of respect for them, and might care about this story.

And if I may borrow your broad brush for a moment I’ll add that everyone from Cooma is a knob AND an oxygen thief…

No, but at least one who thinks he’s a barbarian is.

#14
ScienceRules8:34 pm, 19 Dec 12

Pork Hunt said :

Conan of Cooma said :

When Tradies learn to drive I will start having a modicum of respect for them, and might care about this story.

And if I may borrow your broad brush for a moment I’ll add that everyone from Cooma is a knob AND an oxygen thief…

+1

#15
Anna Key9:26 pm, 19 Dec 12

Were the steroids stolen from the tradies as well?

#16
milkman7:27 am, 20 Dec 12

desertdreaming said :

Having your tools nicked can be just as annoying whether you are a high viz chap or a salary man. Also, be vigilant to electricity theft. Can be much cheaper running a cord to the neighbours external power point than hiring and fueling a generator.

I’ve had tradies do this to me before.

#17
Pitchka7:49 am, 20 Dec 12

Anna Key said :

Were the steroids stolen from the tradies as well?

You looking to buy some Anna?
http://www.buzzinn.net/img/bizarre-and-odd/weird-female-bodybuilder/weird-female-bodybuilder08.jpg

#18
thebrownstreak698:43 am, 20 Dec 12

milkman said :

desertdreaming said :

Having your tools nicked can be just as annoying whether you are a high viz chap or a salary man. Also, be vigilant to electricity theft. Can be much cheaper running a cord to the neighbours external power point than hiring and fueling a generator.

I’ve had tradies do this to me before.

Me too. They seem to think that any power point that works is theirs to use.

#19
Alderney8:47 am, 20 Dec 12

RadioVK said :

Anyone who would steal another man’s tools of trade is a lowlife, depriving them of not only the value of their tools, but compromising their ability to make a living.

Public flogging, followed by tar and feathers, I say.

I do believe the stocks were invented for like crimes.

“Eight hours in the London Circuit Stocks young man”.

Rotten fruit on sale on the lower floor of the Canberra Centre.

Sorted!

#20
PBO9:00 am, 20 Dec 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

PBO said :

Sadly, most of the time the “thief” is the tradie themselves. Take your tools home and say that they were stolen, claim insurance, blame site security and be done with it.

Source?

I was in construction industry for around 9 years and never heard of this once.

Try anyone who has worked as a guard on a site at night. When Section 84 (Tax office) was being built in Civic the original night guards would regularly catch tradies breaking into their own site boxes, removing and selling the tools to other tradies and then claiming it all back on insurance.

However, it is sometimes the guards themselves doing the thieving (When the Centrelink Tuggeranong office was built). And sometimes they all work together.

Seriously, how could you not know of this?

#21
switch9:11 am, 20 Dec 12

thebrownstreak69 said :

Me too. They seem to think that any power point that works is theirs to use.

The one powering the outdoor unit for the underfloor heating is a real favourite. Then you have the fun afterwards of re-setting all the times you set up for the thing to come on.

#22
Conan of Cooma9:38 am, 20 Dec 12

neanderthalsis said :

Are tradies the new white commodore driving Asian women wearing hats?

I’d lean more towards female P Plater with pink flair on their vehicle.

gazket said :

when the scumbag gets off shall we send him to your place . we won’t care about that either

Scumbag won’t get anything, I don’t trust the night Pixies to look after anything I leave unattended. But it seems Tradies do!

NoImRight said :

I assume the next time you need one you’ll share with him that he’s a shithouse driver and you hope he’s the victim of crime? I suggest you at least get the quote first.

Don’t need them, most stuff can be done by a competent human. I shy away from electrical work, though, and sewerage related plumbing, but I have in-laws to summon for that kind of work.

Pork Hunt said :

And if I may borrow your broad brush for a moment I’ll add that everyone from Cooma is a knob AND an oxygen thief…

Absolutely scathing. Totally broke my heart. Pretty sure Bill Hicks just rolled over in his grave and gave you the thumbs up for the most heinous insult ever. No doubt I will need therapy to remove such vile, repugnant words from my psyche.

bikhet said :

No, but at least one who thinks he’s a barbarian is.

Crom! You have issues.

#23
NoImRight12:31 pm, 20 Dec 12

Conan of Cooma said :

neanderthalsis said :

Are tradies the new white commodore driving Asian women wearing hats?

I’d lean more towards female P Plater with pink flair on their vehicle.

gazket said :

when the scumbag gets off shall we send him to your place . we won’t care about that either

Scumbag won’t get anything, I don’t trust the night Pixies to look after anything I leave unattended. But it seems Tradies do!

NoImRight said :

I assume the next time you need one you’ll share with him that he’s a shithouse driver and you hope he’s the victim of crime? I suggest you at least get the quote first.

Don’t need them, most stuff can be done by a competent human. I shy away from electrical work, though, and sewerage related plumbing, but I have in-laws to summon for that kind of work.

Pork Hunt said :

And if I may borrow your broad brush for a moment I’ll add that everyone from Cooma is a knob AND an oxygen thief…

Absolutely scathing. Totally broke my heart. Pretty sure Bill Hicks just rolled over in his grave and gave you the thumbs up for the most heinous insult ever. No doubt I will need therapy to remove such vile, repugnant words from my psyche.

bikhet said :

No, but at least one who thinks he’s a barbarian is.

Crom! You have issues.

So your inlaws that can do electrical and plumbing are tradies? Do they know you enjoy the idea that their stuff will stolen? If they arent tradies you are a special kind of stupid allowing people to mess with your electrics. I imagine though your undeserved smug sense of self importance though will carry you through any number of house fires and insurance claims.

#24
Conan of Cooma2:58 pm, 20 Dec 12

NoImRight said :

So your inlaws that can do electrical and plumbing are tradies? Do they know you enjoy the idea that their stuff will stolen? If they arent tradies you are a special kind of stupid allowing people to mess with your electrics. I imagine though your undeserved smug sense of self importance though will carry you through any number of house fires and insurance claims.

They are Tradies – But the Riot ACT is Capital based. As you can probably tell by my username, I’m actually from Cooma. Which is NSW – Where tradies lock up their tools. You can confirm this by going to any regional NSW news site and confirming that we don’t need State wide (Territory wide, if it floats your boat) news stories advising people to utilise standard security procedures for their vehicles and contents.

#25
PBO3:21 pm, 20 Dec 12

Conan of Cooma said :

NoImRight said :

So your inlaws that can do electrical and plumbing are tradies? Do they know you enjoy the idea that their stuff will stolen? If they arent tradies you are a special kind of stupid allowing people to mess with your electrics. I imagine though your undeserved smug sense of self importance though will carry you through any number of house fires and insurance claims.

They are Tradies – But the Riot ACT is Capital based. As you can probably tell by my username, I’m actually from Cooma. Which is NSW – Where tradies lock up their tools. You can confirm this by going to any regional NSW news site and confirming that we don’t need State wide (Territory wide, if it floats your boat) news stories advising people to utilise standard security procedures for their vehicles and contents.

LOL, You should work for TAMS Conan. That was a controlled burn.

#26
NoImRight3:31 pm, 20 Dec 12

Conan of Cooma said :

NoImRight said :

So your inlaws that can do electrical and plumbing are tradies? Do they know you enjoy the idea that their stuff will stolen? If they arent tradies you are a special kind of stupid allowing people to mess with your electrics. I imagine though your undeserved smug sense of self importance though will carry you through any number of house fires and insurance claims.

They are Tradies – But the Riot ACT is Capital based. As you can probably tell by my username, I’m actually from Cooma. Which is NSW – Where tradies lock up their tools. You can confirm this by going to any regional NSW news site and confirming that we don’t need State wide (Territory wide, if it floats your boat) news stories advising people to utilise standard security procedures for their vehicles and contents.

Mmm. Except you didnt make that qualification in your initial ill considered spray did you? Just a general sentiment that tradies cant drive and should suffer.Didnt say where or that it relates to how secure they currently keep their property. Thats the trouble with trying to qualify a statement well after the event. It just looks like a desperate justification.

#27
RadioVK7:33 pm, 20 Dec 12

Alderney said :

RadioVK said :

Anyone who would steal another man’s tools of trade is a lowlife, depriving them of not only the value of their tools, but compromising their ability to make a living.

Public flogging, followed by tar and feathers, I say.

I do believe the stocks were invented for like crimes.

“Eight hours in the London Circuit Stocks young man”.

Rotten fruit on sale on the lower floor of the Canberra Centre.

Sorted!

I like the cut of your jib, sir!

#28
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd6:40 am, 21 Dec 12

PBO said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

PBO said :

Sadly, most of the time the “thief” is the tradie themselves. Take your tools home and say that they were stolen, claim insurance, blame site security and be done with it.

Source?

I was in construction industry for around 9 years and never heard of this once.

Try anyone who has worked as a guard on a site at night. When Section 84 (Tax office) was being built in Civic the original night guards would regularly catch tradies breaking into their own site boxes, removing and selling the tools to other tradies and then claiming it all back on insurance.

However, it is sometimes the guards themselves doing the thieving (When the Centrelink Tuggeranong office was built). And sometimes they all work together.

Seriously, how could you not know of this?

Proof?

If its so prevalent and well know of then peeps would be getting done for it.

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