There’s no way to perfectly protect from theft, but there are some measures you can take to reduce your risk. Here are some tips for keeping your equipment protected!
Check your locks
When you’re starting your project, install secure lock and fence protections, and make sure they’re maintained. Check any locks, fencing, and other systems daily. This is especially important if you’ll be away from your jobsite for a few days. Identify any potential weaknesses before someone else does!
Check your cameras
If your company has security or surveillance cameras, check and maintain them regularly. Make sure they are operating well, positioned at the correct angles, and that they area they’re covering is well-lit. Some cameras record over old footage as a default. It’s important to have external digital storage and keep the footage until the job is complete, if not longer.
Have a secure process and keep all documentation
Vetting procedures can help keep your equipment safe. If you are renting equipment, make sure the company you’re renting from is legitimate and trustworthy. Keep a paper trail of credit checks and identity verification. Even if your equipment is vandalized or stolen, this documentation will assist law enforcement as they recover your property.
Register your equipment
It’s always a good idea to register your equipment with databases like the National Equipment Register (NER). These databases store and maintain your equipment information and VIN numbers. That information can help law enforcement track down and, hopefully, locate stolen items. The American Rental Association (and other like organizations) have partnerships with databases that provide an extra layer of security and a contingency plan in the unfortunate event that your property is stolen.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2019. We updated it for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness in February 2023.