Tools Stolen from Work Truck

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No, I have not had tools stolen, but. Years ago my Brother did. He gave the Police a 'partial' list of what was stolen. Some time later, the Police called him saying, "we found your tools". My Brother went to the Police Station, but was not able to get ALL his tools back. Why ? He only gave the Police a partial list. Suggestion to all who carry tools in their work trucks: Make a list of all tools and their Serial Numbers NOW, before their stolen. Then if ever needed, the Police won't have to wait for it. Photos are good also, but you can't beat Serial Numbers for positive ID. Work trucks are parked out-side of homes or in parking lots where an opportunist will walk by and grab anything. I have also done this for anything in my house with Model/Serial Numbers. Will come in handy in case of Fire or Theft. 1) Small Household Items 2) Large Household Items 3) Electronics 4) Tools Once you have made the initial list, it's not much effort to maintain.
 
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Originally Posted By: larryinnewyork
No, I have not had tools stolen, but. Years ago my Brother did. He gave the Police a 'partial' list of what was stolen. Some time later, the Police called him saying, "we found your tools". My Brother went to the Police Station, but was not able to get ALL his tools back. Why ? He only gave the Police a partial list. Suggestion to all who carry tools in their work trucks: Make a list of all tools and their Serial Numbers NOW, before their stolen. Then if ever needed, the Police won't have to wait for it. Photos are good also, but you can't beat Serial Numbers for positive ID. Work trucks are parked out-side of homes or in parking lots where an opportunist will walk by and grab anything. I have also done this for anything in my house with Model/Serial Numbers. Will come in handy in case of Fire or Theft. 1) Small Household Items 2) Large Household Items 3) Electronics 4) Tools Once you have made the initial list, it's not much effort to maintain.
Don't forget your 20lb bag of uncut diamonds or your 500lbs of gold bars. They are a capital loss on your 1040 when stolen.
 
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Engrave your tools with your last name (I use my middle or my nickname), and the last four of your social (or a phone number)
 
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My State Farm guy says to make a video of you walking through your home and opening every drawer in every room and all tools etc. Easy way to prove what you owned and takes little time. Make a new one every year.
 
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Put your list in "the cloud" eg google docs in case you get ripped off far from home. Photos are good so if you see your stuff with paint chips or wear in the same spot on CL/ ebay you're a leg up on recovery.
 
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A guy came into Sears trying to get price info on the tools of his that were stolen. They took his diesel pickup and everything in it. Stolen at a Home Depot. Team of 3. One follows you in and keeps tabs on you. One is outside as lookout and one is doing the stealing.
 
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Any time I carry my saw in the bed of my truck, it goes into the cab when I leave the truck, even for 2 minutes to pay for gas. Wayyyy too tempting for someone to grab and drive off.
 
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