Preventing Tool Theft

Tool and material theft from construction sites has increased steadily in recent years, forcing rental businesses, construction companies and tradesmen to apply stricter and more comprehensive security measures. From locked security containers and expensive jobsite security systems to round-the-clock construction site surveillance, these measures involve considerable expense and extra work — and in many cases provide only limited security.

Because theft is clearly a major issue in the construction industry, Hilti now has a theft deterrent system to help protect your valuable tool assets. With the new electronic Hilti TPS Theft Protection System, theft is pointless.

The simple, easy-to-use TPS system, which is available for many Hilti tools, puts tool owners and users in control and can be customized to best suit their needs. Additionally, because the system helps put an end to missing tools, it helps reduce insurance and replacement costs and keeps the tools in your hands to help increase productivity — all of which can help positively impact your bottom line.

The TPS system consists of a Company Card, Activation Key and electronic module inside the tool. A company-specific theft protection code is set initially in each tool using the Company Card. Authorized users receive an Activation Key that is needed to electronically unlock the tools. For everyday tool use, connect the tool to the power supply, hold the Activation Key to the tool and go to work. If the tool is stolen, it will lock after 20 minutes and cannot be restarted without the Activation Key.

For even greater tool protection, the new TPS system works with the Hilti serial number tracking system. At the time of purchase, the tool's serial number is typically linked to the authorized users' account information. This tracking allows tool owners to report stolen tools to Hilti so notification can be sent if the tool reappears in a Hilti repair center.

Hilti now offers the TPS system, the first of its kind in the world, for many of its tools. For more information, contact Hilti Customer Service. From the U.S., call Hilti Inc. at (800) 879-8000 or visit From Canada, call Hilti (Canada) Corp. at (800) 363-4458 or visit