The force noted that while the recovery of stolen construction tools is also on the increase, contractors must explore ways to mark their equipment.
"Identifiable markings such as carved initials of the tool owner, or other detectable engravings would be very helpful to police as they track the perpetrators of these crimes," the force said in a November 19, 2021, release.
Additionally, contractors were urged to ensure that they record the serial numbers of their tools and keep these numbers in a secure place in case the items are stolen and later recovered.
Tool theft is a popular way for thieves to make a cash on stolen equipment, one of the most permanent solutions for tool marking is to engrave a unique number.
Persons can also opt to use a metal stamp to brandish their tools with their initials or company name.