By Equipment World Staff

NER, NCIB: Only 18 percent of stolen equipment recovered

In 2009, only 18 percent of stolen equipment was recovered, according to the 2009 Equipment Theft Report from the National Equipment Register (NER) and National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

States with the highest volume of construction and agriculture experienced the highest numbers of equipment theft. The top five states for equipment theft – Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina – account for 43 percent of all thefts.

18 Percent of all equipment stolen were skid steers, wheel loaders and backhoes.

New equipment is stolen more often than used. Although heavier equipment is more valuable, easy-to-transport machines are more commonly taken. Loaders, for example, account for 18 percent of stolen equipment.

Ryan Shepherd, operations manager at NER, offers these tips to thwart thieves:

• Move machines to fenced properties over the weekend

• Disable or lock machines that can be moved easily

• Keep accurate records of all equipment

• Check used equipment databases to avoid purchasing stolen equipment.

“These tips will help reduce thieves’ risk-versus-reward gap and make stealing equipment a much riskier proposition,” Shepherd says.

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(Source; EDA, July 2010. EDA is a division of Randall-Reilly)(Source; EDA, July 2010. EDA is a division of Randall-Reilly)

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