5 tips to help avoid construction equipment theft

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1. Begin With Site Security

First and foremost, you must maintain a secure work site — both during and after working hours. Have proper locks in place, as well as durable chain-link fencing and even barb-wire —  should you deem it necessary for your location.

Setting up an alarm system and/or video surveillance to monitor the site can also help reduce construction equipment theft, as well as material and other thefts. Reinforce these deterrent efforts with well-placed signage, clearly denoting your security precautions. You can also control access to a limited number of keys to entrances. For example, allowing only supervisors to have keys will help you keep track of who does and doesn’t have direct access.

2. Keep the Site Well Lit

None of your locks, alarms or fences will be very effective without backing them up with proper security lighting for your site. Lighting is an easy, low-cost investment and it will most likely be the best deterrent for theft.

Make sure to check the lights regularly via spot inspections and routine perimeter checks.

3. Know Your Vehicle Inventory

Keep accurate and up-to-date records of every piece of equipment you have on-hand at the work-site. This might seem like a tedious task, but the detailed information you have on your vehicles, including GPS tracking, will increase your odds of recovery if any of your equipment is ever stolen.

4. Be Aware of the Latest Technologies

Today’s market has many technological advantages to offer. Keyless ignition that requires a personal identification number to start the vehicle and real-time tracking of your equipment inventory are a couple that will help reduce construction equipment theft. These can be especially useful for any work vehicles that are left on-site or are in transit.

It is also important to know what is currently out there if you are considering purchasing any used pieces of equipment. You need to know what you will get — as well as what you won’t —and so use current technologies to seek out reliable sources when purchasing previously owned machinery.

5. Understand the Risk of Where You Are and What You Have

You need to be aware of what environment you will be working in and what assets during your construction project will be at the highest risk. Theft and abuse rates vary from state to state, as do the specific types of equipment that are targeted.

You can find many helpful statistics with clearly illustrated numbers and graphs in the 2014 report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) to help you understand and mitigate as much risk as possible.

You can never be too prepared to ensure the assets of your construction company stay secure. Take these tips and develop a checklist you can use each time you prepare a new work site. In doing so, you’ll cover both difficult and simple (but necessary) tasks that will never go overlooked. You’ll also create a solid assessment framework for you to build on in the future as you protect your investments.


Hope you find these tips helpful, thank you for reading.

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