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Crime Prevention: Theft of Tools


Tools are often targeted in many cases of break, enter, and thefts from vehicles, homes and businesses, especially construction sites.

In Saint John, there has been a 27% increase in occurrences involving the theft of tools during the last 6 months compared to the first half of 2023, and a 36% increase over 2022.

There are steps that the public, contractors and businesses can take to prevent theft of tools and aid in the recovery of stolen tools #stoptooltheftinNB

Remember to:

  • Mark your tools: Engrave or mark tools with unique identifies to make it easier to identify and recover tools.
  • Record serial numbers: Keep a detailed inventory of your tools, including photographs, serial numbers, and proof of purchase.
  • Secure your tools: Tools should be stored in a secure and locked location when not in use. They should never be stored in plain sight or left unattended.
  • Report suspicious activity: The public should report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood, especially persons loitering around properties, sheds and construction sites.

Property owners can visit our Crime Prevention page for tips on how to protect your vehicles, businesses and homes from theft: Crime Prevention | Saint John Police Force

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