Do you own expensive machinery for your business? Are you concerned about the increasing risk of theft?
Sadly there is a very good reason to be worried. Construction and plant machinery theft has been on a 5 year rise. Thieves have quickly recognised the appeal of the high valued assets that are seen as easy targets when kept on site, in yards or isolated for extended periods of time. Any machinery from excavators, JCBs, chippers and dump trucks are vulnerable to either opportunistic thieves or organised crime groups. If they can either drive it away, lift it on to a flat bed or simply roll it in to the back of a van, they will take it! The most frustrating part of this is that the majority of stolen equipment is never found and the thieves are never caught! Until now! So many individuals and companies are taking action, fighting back are are now installing trackers for plant and machinery.
WHAT'S THE BEST VEHICLE TRACKER SYSTEM FOR ME?
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NEGATIVE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF THEFT
In 2017 the construction industry lost an estimated £800 million through theft and vandalism of plant and machinery. This is just for those crimes officially reported, and the total includes the loss of earnings and financial implications involved.
95% of stolen machinery is never recovered. The direct and indirect negative financial impact is something that can continue on for years and in some circumstances, lead to companies never being able to fully recover.
Many thefts may be opportunistic, but due to the high value of these single assets, more and more 'professional' organised crime groups are focusing on plant and machinery that may be kept in yards or isolated in fields/on site over night. Unfortunately, this means that these thieves are very good at what they do, with quick and effective techniques in removing the assets.
Contributing factors to the appeal of this machinery is that the single items are of high value, and can be rapidly shipped out of the country to be sold abroad. The fact that they can be sold as a complete item or for parts is also appealing and lucrative for thieves.
The thieves rely on the fact that once the machinery is in a shipping container they will be too costly and difficult to find and recover. GPS trackers for plant and machinery are now becoming commonplace for any individual or company that use high value assets. Whether for plant, construction or general assets, Trackershop provide a broad range of machinery GPS trackers.
This ensures that there is no obvious product or position for thieves to look for, even if they are savvy to the use of trackers. Typically, the nature of theft of vehicles and large assets is that the thieves will steal the item and leave the location as quickly as possible. They do not tend to waste time at the scene trying to locate extra security products, as they will not know exactly what they're looking for, where the device will be located, how many there are, or if they've already triggered an alert!
Once a safe distance away, they will typically conceal the items, and await to see if there is any kind of a response. With machinery they may also just race straight for the border and try to get the items out of the country. The best plant machinery trackers report in real-time, showing an up to the second location, as well as a full trackable history showing the full journey of the device. They also have perimeter alerts, notifying you instantly if your machinery moves from the location where it is being kept.
Trackershop's GPS trackers are designed specifically for security, daily monitoring of activity and they all offer the same real-time tracking and features. However there are several options for you to choose from depending on the type of machinery that you have.
TS10 GPS MACHINERY TRACKERS
The TS10 Plant Machinery Tracker is an easy to install 12/24 volt device, which is small enough to covertly conceal on your asset. Fully water proof and hard to detect, we even provide mobile installation, with our engineers being able to install your asset GPS trackers on site or at any location needed. Many customers opt to install these devices themselves, however our experienced team can ensure that they are positioned in the best possible location.
Magnetic GPS tracker for machinery have been used successfully for many years to protect and monitor any kind of vehicle and asset.
Due to the excalating theft rates of expensive machinery in the UK, many insurance providers are encouraging owners to install Thatcham approved trackers for machinery.
These types of plant tracking devices offer a 24/7 monitoring service in the event of theft. Learn more here about the Smartrack Maxi Plant Tracker.
Learn more about our Plant and Machinery GPS Trackers.