Equipment theft is a growing problem throughout the United States. There are a multitude of ways in which you can help secure your jobsite and equipment. Review the list of best practices below as a reference guide to help you ensure your equipment is safe from theft.
Mark Your Equipment. Permanently mark (weld, paint, and engrave) your equipment with a distinct color and your company’s name. The last six digits of the machine’s Product Identification Number (PIN) should be painted on the roof. Numbers should also be painted in both visible and hidden locations.
Protect It. Equipment should not be left in remote locations. Install anti-theft devices on each machine, such as Caterpillar’s Product Link hardware. VisionLink software enables managers to remotely monitor equipment and provides real time data and location that can be used to recover stolen equipment. Additionally, keys should be kept off site or in a secure storage shed. Install locking gas caps and oil caps to prevent fuel theft,.
Law Enforcement. It is imperative that contractors keep and maintain detailed records. Be sure you have an after-hours point of contact and are willing to prosecute when necessary. Partner with local law enforcement agencies. You should sign a Police Authority to Arrest for Trespass form. Fill out an Operation Notification form and ensure the sticker is visible on your jobsite.
Signage. Post appropriate signs such as “Private Property”, “Security Cameras in Use” and “No Trespassing” to help deter theft.
Surveillance Cameras. Jobsites are most vulnerable to theft on the weekends when no work is being done. Installing surveillance cameras can be a cost effective option to help you closely monitor your equipment. Surveillance systems can be easily transported, include motion detection, two-way audio, and remote monitoring. Cameras can also be used to identify unsafe jobsites and/or equipment operation.
Accessibility. Locks should be installed on your jobsite as soon as possible. Secure your jobsite with a chain link fence and double check to ensure entrances cannot be accessed without a key. Because additional keys can be created easily, remember to change the padlocks on all gates multiple times throughout the duration of your project. Require each employee to wear an identification badge at all times. Employees should pass a background check. A search clause should be included in all employee contracts. Assign one person to visit the jobsite several times through the weekend. Assign a separate person to be responsible for all keys.
Records. Regularly update your inventory records to help you easily identify missing equipment. Document your equipment fleet with multiple color image.
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