Construction tool theft on the increase as sites forced to closes

Plant and asset robbery surges as construction sites shut down amid the current circumstances. The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has reported a sharp spike in thefts up to 50% in the last few weeks.

Combined Industries Theft Solutions (CITS) stated, “As a result of the (pandemic), some construction sites have been forced to close, and personnel, including on-site security, have left. Under these circumstances, organised criminal gangs may try to exploit the situation.”

Nick Mayell of the CESAR remarked, “The abrupt abandonment of work-sites has left machinery unsecured and vulnerable.  Whereas a company would normally ‘wind-down’ for seasonal closures by ‘off-hiring’ kit and moving their own machines – sites have closed overnight – in the blink of an eye – and the thieves are having a field day.”

As a result of increased theft, it is advised to remove all major plant and valuable assets from sites. Many contractors have also highlighted the importance of installing tracking devices: “For owners of construction plant, it may be useful, for example, to ensure that tracking companies are alerted to the plants’ location”, CITS commented.

Jenny Smith, Product Manager for Tele-Gence, states: “It is vital for your valuables to be tracked for heightened security and visibility now more than ever. At Tele-Gence, safety and protection for your vehicles and assets is our priority.”

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