My Tools Were Stolen Like a Thief in the Night: A Tale of Unexpected Robbery

The feeling of violation and helplessness when your belongings are stolen is unparalleled. Unfortunately, it’s exactly the situation I found myself in when my tools were stolen without warning. The theft occurred overnight, leaving me feeling shaken and vulnerable. In this blog post, I’ll share my personal experience of unexpected robbery, the impact it had on my professional life, and the lessons I learned from the harrowing experience.

My Tools Were Stolen Like a Thief in the Night: A Tale of Unexpected Robbery

Have you ever been robbed? I can tell you from experience that it’s not a good feeling. My tools were stolen out of my van in the middle of the night. It was like a thief in the night had come and taken everything I relied on to do my job. In this article, I’ll share my story with you and provide some tips to help you avoid being robbed.


As a content writer, I don’t usually find myself in rough neighborhoods. But sometimes, I do serve customers who live in those areas. One day, I found myself in a rough area with 700 apartment units, 100 of which were piled up with problems. When I arrived, the environment was so hostile that security had to escort me to the units.

When I finished my job and left the apartment complex, I parked my van in front of a hotel. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any warning signs to prevent me from parking there. So I didn’t think anything of it. But when I woke up the next morning, my van’s back door was damaged and all my tools were gone.

How to Avoid Being Robbed

I had to learn some unfortunate lessons as a result of the robbery. However, here are some tips to help you avoid being robbed:

  1. Always park in a well-lit area that is visible to others, especially at night.
  2. Remove all valuable items, including tools, from the van when you are not using it.
  3. Take extra precautions when working in areas that are prone to theft.
  4. Consider investing in security systems, such as locks, cameras, and alarms, to deter potential thieves.

These tips may seem like common sense, but they can make a big difference in protecting your tools from thieves.

The Importance of Being Vigilant in Rough Neighborhoods

As I mentioned earlier, I sometimes find myself serving customers in rough neighborhoods. Even though I don’t change my approach in those areas, I make sure to be extra vigilant and cautious. I never leave my tools in the van, and I always park in a safe location.

I also know first-hand the risk of being in these neighborhoods. I have had my tools stolen in the past, which has made me even more cautious. In fact, I once bought Nest thermostats off someone that I suspected had stolen them.

The Story of the Complaining Woman

While I was working in the rough area with 700 apartment units, I witnessed a woman complaining about a roach in her baby’s ear to a maintenance worker. It was heartbreaking to see how much this woman was struggling, and I could tell that she didn’t have access to the resources she needed to take care of her situation.

This is where HVAC Shop Talk comes in. This YouTube channel and podcast celebrates skilled trades, especially HVAC. Sponsors of HVAC Shop Talk include Fieldpulse, Beckett Corporation, Yellow Jacket, NAVAC, EWC Controls, and TruTech Tools. Companies like these are committed to supporting skilled workers and promoting awareness about the importance of skilled trades.


Being robbed of my tools was not only a financial loss but also an emotional one. I want to encourage you to take the necessary precautions to protect your tools and livelihood. Remember to always park in well-lit areas, remove all valuable items from your vehicle, and invest in security systems.

Also, consider supporting companies that promote skilled trades like HVAC Shop Talk and their sponsors. These companies play a crucial role in supporting skilled workers and improving the industry overall.


  1. What should I do if my tools are stolen?
    If your tools are stolen, the first thing you should do is report the theft to the police. Provide them with as much information as possible, such as the make and model of the stolen tools and any identifying marks or serial numbers.

  2. Can insurance cover stolen tools?
    Yes, insurance can cover stolen tools. However, you must file a police report and provide evidence of what was stolen.

  3. What security measures should I take in my van to prevent theft?
    Invest in locks, cameras, alarms, and any other security measures that you believe can deter potential thieves.

  4. Why is it important to be vigilant in rough neighborhoods?
    Rough neighborhoods have a higher rate of crime and theft, so being vigilant can help you avoid becoming a victim.

  5. What should I do if someone approaches me with stolen tools?
    If someone approaches you with stolen tools, you should report it to the police. Purchasing stolen goods is illegal and can lead to serious consequences if caught.

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