It's important to make the effort to keep your tools safe - it could mean the difference between a good days work and a long and painful process of recovery or replacement.
Here are four tips for preventing your tools from being stolen.
Take them out of your van overnight
Not only are you unlikely to be insured, but your van is not the safest place for your tools at night. Organise them into easily transportable boxes or bags and move them to a secure building or garage at the end of the day.
Make your van less attractive to thieves
Cover windows so that your van's contents can't be seen from the outside, and use lockable storage or van boxes (steel-like safes with anti-drill locks) where possible.
Put it in a garage or secure area whenever possible and add a sticker to your van to say no tools are kept in it overnight.
Make it harder for thieves to get into your vehicle
Always lock your van when you're not in it. Add dead locks that work independently of the standard door locks, or install slam locks that automatically lock when you close the door. Secure ladders with a roof-mounted lock.
Fit an immobiliser and an alarm if they are not fitted as standard.
If thieves do get into your van, an internal battery powered alarm can let off a siren when activated. It can be set remotely if necessary.
Make your tools traceable
Put a security mark on all your tools with a UV pen (available from most stationery shops) and take photos of your most valuable tools to help trace them if they are stolen.
Keep an inventory of your tools too so that you can quickly identify if anything has been taken.