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Old 01-22-2019, 01:01 AM   #21
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The room was supposed to be locked. I have left them there before.

He was a pro. He knew exactly where to go and how to get in.
Maybe I'm out of line here, but this seems a tad bit convenient. The room happened to be left unlocked, the guy gets in the building and makes a bee-line for a random door, probably walks right in knowing it's unlocked, and what do you know, a bunch of expensive tools!

Have you considered whether it could be someone who has the ability/responsibility to lock/unlock the door, maybe they colluded with a guy who steals tools to split the profits?
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Old 01-22-2019, 05:18 AM   #22
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True story...

I had my tools (belt and 3 drawer tool box) stolen when I was a just starting my 3rd. year. Had my name on the tool box with dymo tape.

A year or more later I'm having a cool one at the bar and an old girlfriend shows up. We drink the night away (used to do crazy stuff in the 70's). She says "I know where your tool box is". Apparently she had been dating a guy and she seen the tool box with my name still on it.

So I called the cops. Did get the tool box back. Most of the tools gone tho. Never did get my tool belt and the tools in it. I don't suppose much happened to the guy, maybe a note on his record.
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Old 01-22-2019, 06:40 AM   #23
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Actually it feels wonderful.

Tooling up my apprentices is exactly what I got into this trade to do.

Their talent has ended no end of electrical careers.

They never could put it together.

Why does stealing tools straight out of your foreman's tool sack causes you to be an outcast?

'Tis a puzzle.
over the years I learned many ways to overcome these obstacles.


- I made trips to the dollar store, and bought tools in the dollar bin at hardware stores just for helpers and such. you want a good set of kleins ? go buy it yourself. need a hammer ? ok, first one is on the house, next one comes out of your check. amazing how many hammers and screwdrivers get lost when they are not being paid for by the owner.

- I always knew that truly tuff dudes didn't need bandaids, but when I worked in the trailer there were always a bunch of guys coming in for frigging bandaids, depleting my first aid kit. the answer was dollar store kids bandaids. apparently the wanna be tough guys don't like wearing bugs bunny and goofy bandaids. suddenly no body needed bandaids anymore.

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Hopefully your home never gets broken into.

That's a feeling you'll never get over.
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I'm sorry to hear that some dirtbag stole your tools. I've been there and that sucks.

My second year in the trade I had finally put together a nice collection of personal tools that worked really well for the kind of work that I was doing at the time. One night some lowlife busted a window and stole all of my tools, my coworker's tools, and the company-provided power tools. The feeling of loss and violation was severe. How could somebody be such a scumbag as to steal a person's means of making a living and putting food on the table?

Fortunately my boss at the time was really cool and we had a fully-booked schedule. He sent us to the big orange toy store and to the local supply house and told us to buy whatever we needed to replace what was lost on the company's dime. He spent a lot of money that day, but it the work moving.
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In the old west stealing a man's horse was a capital offense. It was understood that stealing a man's horse was stealing a man's livelihood, and there was nothing lower than a horse thief. They dealt with it appropriately.

Stealing a man's tools is the same, it's stealing a man's livelihood. You make your living working with tools, without them you are done. Tool thieves should be first beaten with a length of 500, then run over. Nothing worse than a tool thief.

I've seen a couple thieves caught in the act over the years. Cops always asked as they dragged the POS off, we assume the thief looks all beat up because he fell trying to escape.
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:50 AM   #27
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It’s always an inside job.

One time this contractor wouldn’t supply me with a job box for a small job, just me and three helpers. Had a shifty feeling about some of the other trades so We hid our tools above the drop ceiling for the weekend. Monday morning everyone’s job box was cut open, tools all gone except ours! Lol
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Happened a couple of times when I was on industrial construction ...tool bin was bolted thru, the grid floor even and it was gone. Only bright bit was when we were once changing out a large rooftop motor after hours and on returning to our van for more tools caught a guy forcing the back door of the van. The big Aussie guy with me forced the guys fingers into the door and slammed it....both hands .Took his wallet off him as well.!
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I take my tools home every night, but I travel light. Sorry for your loss, bro.
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The big Aussie guy with me forced the guys fingers into the door and slammed it....both hands .Took his wallet off him as well.!
More justice was done here than the entire court system in the entire US in the last 20 years.........No idiot lawyers, no idiot judges, no idiot laws to protect him, instead, the bad guy felt instant pain, and plenty of it, as a direct result of his crime.
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More justice was done here than the entire court system in the entire US in the last 20 years.........No idiot lawyers, no idiot judges, no idiot laws to protect him, instead, the bad guy felt instant pain, and plenty of it, as a direct result of his crime.
And had the tools of his criminal livelihood taken away!
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Sh!tty break....drop me a line if you need any loaners to get going, I've got a bit of time, can drop em off if needed. Hell, I've got a couple of impacts you can have free if you want, would need Makita batteries though.
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That really sucks to hear. I built up a second nearly identical set of tools for this exact reason. I hate to think it could happen. but my tools stay in a car overnight and it’s always a possibility.
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My apprentice just had his three bags stolen out of his locked canopy a couple weeks ago (they forced a window). It really sucks. Luckily he had an old bag with all his sub-par/worn out tools in it and I've been helping him out with loaners until he can manage to get built back up.

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I had my entire work truck, laptop and a change sorter stolen one Christmas Eve. It sucked and I was less than impressed with how my insurance company dealt with it. Then I had to try and remember what all I lost. The big stuff was easy. The small stuff that you use once or twice every two years was a little trickier..
Every six months or so I give my bags a good cleaning out; lay all the contents neatly on my bench;and take pictures of what is in each bag. Not going to replacing tools that aren't available any more but at least I'll know what I had if they get stolen.
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My apprentice just had his three bags stolen out of his locked canopy a couple weeks ago (they forced a window). It really sucks. Luckily he had an old bag with all his sub-par/worn out tools in it and I've been helping him out with loaners until he can manage to get built back up.



Every six months or so I give my bags a good cleaning out; lay all the contents neatly on my bench;and take pictures of what is in each bag. Not going to replacing tools that aren't available any more but at least I'll know what I had if they get stolen.
Did he not have home owners or renters insurance?
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over the years I learned many ways to overcome these obstacles.


- I made trips to the dollar store, and bought tools in the dollar bin at hardware stores just for helpers and such. you want a good set of kleins ? go buy it yourself. need a hammer ? ok, first one is on the house, next one comes out of your check. amazing how many hammers and screwdrivers get lost when they are not being paid for by the owner.

- I always knew that truly tuff dudes didn't need bandaids, but when I worked in the trailer there were always a bunch of guys coming in for frigging bandaids, depleting my first aid kit. the answer was dollar store kids bandaids. apparently the wanna be tough guys don't like wearing bugs bunny and goofy bandaids. suddenly no body needed bandaids anymore.

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The 20 years I ran commercial projects I lived and worked by a simple run:

No Tools ? -- No Work !!
Had this sign posted on every Job trailer I worked out of. When a person was hired by the office they were asked if they had the hand tools to perform the job.
I was not these guys baby sitter, nanny, father, care taker, or tool supplier !
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When I was working in the field
I had an insurance rider on my home owners insurance to cover my work tools. They were covered if they were stolen during the work day on the site I was working on, they were covered if they were stolen out of my personal vehicle , they were covered if they were stolen from my place of residence.
They were not covered if I left them over night on some construction site.

The only time I left tools on a site was when we were working in the prisons. (That was a requirement of the job contract and was like leaving them in fort Knox)

I was in the field for 26 years and NEVER had my tools stolen , why because I never left them behind when I left.
Don't mean to piss people off or offend anyone BUT-
I never understood why a person would spend years and $$$$$
to amass a tool collection then just leave it somewhere that thieves know they are !? Gangboxes are a joke as far as security goes.
Last company I worked for it was company policy that if you choose to leave any personal items in a company gang box it is at your own risk - personal items were not insured by the company.
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There are advantages to having your tools stolen. I never knew this knife existed until I went shopping and I really like it.
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When I was working in the field
I had an insurance rider on my home owners insurance to cover my work tools. They were covered if they were stolen during the work day on the site I was working on, they were covered if they were stolen out of my personal vehicle , they were covered if they were stolen from my place of residence.
They were not covered if I left them over night on some construction site.

The only time I left tools on a site was when we were working in the prisons. (That was a requirement of the job contract and was like leaving them in fort Knox)

I was in the field for 26 years and NEVER had my tools stolen , why because I never left them behind when I left.
Don't mean to piss people off or offend anyone BUT-
I never understood why a person would spend years and $$$$$
to amass a tool collection then just leave it somewhere that thieves know they are !? Gangboxes are a joke as far as security goes.
Last company I worked for it was company policy that if you choose to leave any personal items in a company gang box it is at your own risk - personal items were not insured by the company.
I agree with some of what your saying, but it is impractical to carry your tools every day on many bigger jobs, that’s what gang boxes are for.

Also, if you require a worker to supply his own tools and you supply the gang box, then you are responsible to replace them if they are stolen on site. Otherwise, you need to put in your policy that workers are not allowed to store their tools in the boxes and you need to allow them time to gather and transport those tools to and from every day
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