Habitat for Humanity of Broward has issued an urgent plea for the South Florida community’s help to replace dozens of tools stolen in late June from the organization’s Fort Lauderdale construction site.

“Thieves broke into a large, locked container and stole everything, including table saws, chop saws, compressors, drills, ladders — even 75 hammers,” said Perry Ecton, Habitat for Humanity of Broward executive director. The tools were being used at the Rock Island subdivision in Fort Lauderdale, where Habitat is completing the development of 30 homes. To stay on schedule for completion of five of those homes this month, the organization is pulling tools from its other construction sites, Ecton added. Since its inception 29 years ago, Habitat for Humanity of Broward has partnered with 328 families in Broward County to provide simple, decent, affordable housing for families in need.

One company stepping forward to help is electronic security firm Sonitrol of Fort Lauderdale, which is donating state-of-the-art wireless video security systems to protect two Habitat for Humanity containers against future theft. “We’re making sure that Habitat won’t be vulnerable to theft at its jobsites anymore,” said John Ray, president of Sonitrol of Fort Lauderdale. “New wireless technology is great for spoiling burglars’ plans. Habitat can move the video system around on the jobsite without needing electricity. If anyone tampers with the containers, our central monitoring station will instantly know it and alert law enforcement.”

Habitat for Humanity of Broward is scrambling to replace the array of stolen tools valued at a total of $10,000 to $15,000, said Ecton. “We urgently need all types of used or new power tools and hand tools,” Ecton added. “If individuals and businesses can drop off any extra tools from their garages and workshops, or donate funds for replacement tools, it would make a tremendous difference.”

Used or new tools can be donated at the Habitat Restore, located at 505 W. Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, which is open Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For information on donating to help replace the stolen tools, call (954) 396-3030 or visit www.habitatbroward.org.