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Why tag and track tools?

In the 1970s, architect Oscar Newman observed that residents in housing projects were ultimately responsible for their own security – without self-policing and the active participation of the residents themselves, these planned communities had little hope of reducing crime. Newman went on to formulate what he called defensible space theory, arguing that a sense of shared responsibility and territorialism is one of the best ways to reduce crime.

Tool Tracking Labels Tool tags can include both model and serial number so you can sort by both class and individual tool. What does this mean for construction sites? Tagging tools does imply surveillance. Your employees will know that you're keeping tabs on your items, and that's part of the point. Provided they're in place from the build-up phase of your process, signs and tags that clearly announce the company's prosecution policy have the potential to reduce theft rates. But if handled respectfully, tags can reinforce the workers' sense of responsibility and pride when nothing goes missing.

There are plenty of other benefits to tagging and tracking the tools on your worksite, even if you've never experienced theft. Tags promote accountability – and they can be used to record check-outs, testing, or inspections, particularly important with electrical and heavy-duty equipment.  

Most of all, barcode tags in particular make materiel audits a breeze, enabling you to use scanners to double check that everything is in its place.