Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 4, No. 11, November 2012
Prevent Equipment Theft
Theft can’t always be prevented, but following a few simple steps could reduce the chance your equipment will be targeted, or help recover stolen items:
1. Mark and identify equipment in two locations, one clearly visible and a second hidden. Record the location of these numbers. Attach your compan’s logo, if possible.
2. Maintain a detailed equipment inventory list and include photos. If the equipment is stolen and recovered, proof of ownership is mandatory in order to have it returned.
3. Assign tools and equipment only as needed and not ahead of time.
Implement a documented check-out / check-in system for all tools and equipment. Assign by serial number on an as needed basis.
4. Paint equipment and material in a unique colour that is identified with your company.
5. Lock cabs and wheels of mobile equipment and remove keys.
Centrally park mobile equipment and secure them together with case hardened chains and locks.
6. Re-key equipment so that one key does not fit all.
Some equipment is designed so that a single key that fits any cab and ignition system. Frequently the key from one manufacturer and model of equipment will fit other equipment of the same manufacturer and model. The simple design permits inexpensive duplication of keys that can be used for the theft of high value equipment.
7. Install a GPS or a similar theft recovery system on mobile equipment.
Equipment recovery rates depend on the speed of theft discovery, and availability of tracking systems.
8. Increase lighting at night.
Lighting is a proven deterrent to acts of “casual or impulse” crime. Floodlight the perimeter of areas where equipment is stored. Sufficient lighting should eliminate dark spots or shadows. Critical areas should be visible from the most heavily travelled roads bordering the site.
9. Use “Keep Out” signs – they work!
Install signage restricting access and consider adding security cameras.
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CARI’s 72nd Annual Convention
June 20 – 22, 2013
at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
in Halifax, Nova Scotia
CARI’s National Golf Tournament
August 22, 2013
at Glen Abbey Golf Course
in Oakville, ON
For information on CARI events contact Donna Turner
at (905) 426-9313.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
November 12-15 ; Toronto, ON
Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo
November 13 – 16 ; Guangzhou, China
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April 9 – 13 Orlando, FL
ISRI Annual Convention & Expo