Grand County law enforcement agencies offer advice to prevent construction site thefts
June 30, 2008
With the building season in full swing, Grand County law enforcement agencies offer the following tips to help prevent builders and contractors from becoming victims of theft at construction sites:
– Keep all tools and power equipment locked in a secured storage facility anytime the equipment is not being used. While no tool box or storage shed is immune from entry, many of the thefts that law enforcement officers investigate each year are a direct result of owners leaving the tools unsecured.
– All tools used on the job site should be marked with the owner’s name, driver’s license or other identifying information. Model and serial numbers of power tools, pump jacks, and other high-end equipment should be recorded and stored separately from the tools. If a theft occurs, these serial numbers can be entered into the law enforcement database for help in recovering the tools from a suspect or a pawn shop.
– Expensive material should not be stored on the job site any longer than necessary. When possible, delivery of high value material or those in critical supply should be timed on an as-needed basis for delivery.
– All copper products (water line, wiring, fittings, etc.) should be stored away from the job site until they are needed. Copper prices are at an all-time high, and thieves can steal enough copper in a few minutes to make an easy profit.
– Be aware of your surroundings. Thieves will often “scout” a site looking for an easy mark or desired tools prior to committing a theft. Even though job sites are busy places, get to know and recognize who belongs on the site and who doesn’t. Report suspicious persons and vehicles at job sites to Grand County Dispatch (725-3343) while the suspicious people are still there. Try to get license numbers of suspicious vehicles.
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– General Contractors should appoint one person at each job site as a “security coordinator.” Give that individual the responsibility to make sure all tools, equipment, and expensive materials are secured at the end of each day, before the work crew leaves.
– Report all thefts as soon as they are discovered.