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Lock Down: Keep Your Equipment Safe with Work Site Security

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We've all heard horror stories about job site equipment theft. How do you better secure your work site to ensure your equipment is still where you left it in the morning? Here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Making your equipment easy to identify makes it less likely to be stolen.

This can be as simple as labeling the equipment or as complex as putting tracking devices on more expensive pieces of equipment. Try to label a part that can't be effectively removed before it is being sold, such as a part that is vital to the operation of the equipment.

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2. It's important to record serial numbers or pins if possible, but many pieces of machinery don't have this vital information.

That makes it very important that you record as much information as possible in your records, along with photographs to prove ownership and provide details to the authorities in case of theft.

3. Pay attention to theft trends in your area.

A few years ago, metal prices were very high, so theft of everything from electrical wire and plumbing lines to air conditioner condensing coils and catalytic converts on vehicles. In the northeast, wheel loaders, skid steers and tractors are popular, while backhoes are the most commonly stolen in the western states.

4. Place smaller pieces of equipment in the middle of the site with larger equipment facing into a circle around these items.

This makes them harder remove. Adding an appearance of security reduces overall risk. If you can't secure your equipment, move it to a safer storage facility within a short drive of the worksite. It will take a little more time to start up and shut down, but it will pay for itself the first time you prevent a theft.

Construction Room At Night

5. A place that is well lit is much less likely to be robbed, mainly because it's easier for thieves to mask their activities in the dark.

Add a light tower, nighttime cameras, motion lights or similar tools to help increase overall security and reduce your risk of theft. Adding fencing also helps limit access and make your job site harder to rob.

6. If you've got a lot of equipment or have heard of a lot of theft problems in the area, getting an onsite security guard to watch over things on larger jobs can make a huge difference.

Don't forget to train your employees to do their part by properly securing equipment, following work site security protocols and paying attention to suspicious activity. You can also ask if local law enforcement agencies will patrol the area more frequently at off hours.

7. Look for equipment with features that deter theft.

DeWalt's new Bluetooth batteries allow you to set up a virtual fence, beyond which the batteries will not function. Some heavy equipment can be secured with a device that will only allow ignition when the keyfob is within range, giving you more options when you simply remove the keys from the site at night.

8. As soon as a theft is noticed, report it to the police and provide as many details as possible, including size, color, model, attachments, last location and similar information.

If it's traceable, try to find its location through that service. Immediately inform your insurance company to start the claim process and report the theft to the National Equipment Registry.

By making job site security a priority, you can prevent equipment theft and keep your operation running smoothly. Need some help finding ways to better secure your site? The professionals at Wallboard Supply Company are ready to help. Contact us today for more details.

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