Construction tool theft on the increase as sites forced to closes

Written by: Simon Pavey, Last updated:9th February 2022

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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