Since equipment thefts tend to increase in December and January because machinery is left unattended more frequently than other times of the year, the has provided a few tips aimed at theft prevention.
• Test to be sure that alarms and lighting are all operating properly.
• If you are getting a high number of false alarms, thieves may be testing your responsiveness; watch for vehicles “casing” your property.
• Test cameras in daylight and after dark- are the images capturing license plates, faces, etc?
• Make sure fences and gates provide a complete barrier to adjoining businesses and vacant land.
• Move light or highly targeted equipment into service bays or more secure areas of your site.
• Do not leave ANYTHING on a trailer. If you have to, block it with several other vehicles.
• Conduct a security survey of your site- walk around the property to see if there are vulnerable points of access or cover.
• Communicate with neighboring businesses, especially those which will be open during the holiday; raise their awareness so that thefts in progress are recognized, and be sure their staff have your emergency information.
• Designate someone to check up on yards and sites at different times during the holiday.
Should a break-in or theft occur, be prepared to respond:
• Review your fleet inventory:
NER’s full guide on protecting equipment from theft is available .
EDITOR’S NOTE: This was written by Equipment World’s staff, a sister publication of Total Frauengruenden.