Nearly $300 million worth of construction and other heavy equipment was stolen in 2013 with only 21 percent of it recovered. The states with the highest volume of construction and agriculture have the largest number of thefts because that’s where the most equipment is lying around. It’s in these areas that organized theft rings are likely to develop. Mobility and value of equipment are the lead contributors to theft. Both equipment security and work site security are necessary to prevent theft. Work site security is especially critical because equipment often sits in areas with little or no physical security.

With regard to theft by type of location, two factors should be considered: the location where the equipment spends the most time and the level of security at each type of location. So be sure to safeguard your demolition / scrap equipment and attachments.

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Full Theft Report National Insurance Crime Bureau and the National Equipment Register