My name is Michael Healy, I’m 32 and I am from Wicklow, Ireland. I’ve been involved in the construction industry from an early age. My father is also a carpenter and had me on the tools from an early age.
I qualified as a carpenter in 2011 and left Ireland, due to the recession, for Australia in 2012. I returned from my travels abroad in 2014 and I have been working as a carpenter here ever since.
Shortly after returning home and setting up my carpentry business, I left a jobsite I was on to head home. When I reached the van I discovered it has been broken into and all of the tools stolen from the back. Not only had the tools been taken but they had caused considerable damage to the van also.
After reporting the incident to the local authorities, checking the CCTV and finding out that the plumber had also become a victim, I quickly realised I was not going to find my stolen property.
A few days later I had a chat with some of the local officers, I was surprised to learn that only a small percentage of stolen tools are ever returned to their rightful owners. Even when the authorities recover stolen goods, often they have no way of finding the owners as there is no way to identify the owner from an unmarked tool.
Unfortunately, I found myself in this situation on a few more occasions over the next couple of years. I also know many more tradespeople in my locality who have been victims throughout the years.
The idea for Toolcheck came to me all of a sudden one day while I was driving to work. I began researching the idea immediately, convinced that it had been done already. To my surprise, it wasn’t, and I began working on the concept for it and trying to talk to people who could point me in the right direction to make it happen.
3 years later, its finally here and I hope it can help as many people as possible. Whether its to recover property which has been stolen or to act as a deterrent to thieves who may be thinking about stealing property in the future.
If you have any suggestions as to how I can improve the site, please drop me an email and I will gladly take it into consideration.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to our dealings in the future.