GARDAI in Limerick are warning that the "theft of tools is still high on the list of crimes" for the area.
Gardai have again stressed the importance of clearly marking tools that should not be left in vans overnight, which themselves should be secured and parked in a busy area.
Limerick gardai said they were "aware of an initiative run by a particular tool manufacturer who record all serial numbers of tools sold by them and also record the serial number internally which can be recovered in any of their stores.
"This particular manufacturer also provides a tool management system where customers can pay for their tools with a fixed monthly fee, if these tools are subsequently stolen they will be replaced at no extra cost," said Sgt Ber Leetch, divisional crime officer.
"This method of recording the serial numbers gives Gardai the opportunity of identifying the owner of the tool and the chance that it can be returned. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers and construction workers may already be aware of this initiative," Sgt Leetch said, adding that more information was available online.