Thieves will stop at nothing to get their hands on valuable equipment and the construction industry is a major target. Recently, in the state of Washington, thieves have been using cutting torches to break the locks on job site trailers in order to steal thousands of dollars’ worth of tools.
This is certainly not the first time tools have been stolen off of a job site, but the important part of this story is that the contractor the tools were stolen from has a list of the serial numbers of all the equipment that was taken from the trailer. It’s a great reminder to stay on top of that, because police crews are now able to positively identify the contractor’s tools, if they happen to find it.
We’ve learned in the past that a clever contractor in Oklahoma attached a GPS monitor on certain pieces of equipment that was used to track down a tool thief and got his equipment returned. There are also several newer technologies that allow for inventories to be easily tracked and monitored, such as Milwauke ONE-Key and Rejjee. ONE-Key is a complete tool inventory and control solution, but its free and will later allow you to monitor tool performance. Rejjee is also a free phone application, that allows you to keep an organized tool inventory and solicit help from other Rejjee users to help you find your property if lost or stolen.
Full story: Thieves Use Blow Torch to Steal Construction Tools | NBC
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California fell victim to its extremely high cost of living, much like Hawaii did.
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