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SAFETY WORKS


• Remind your employees that they are being watched. Good thieves don’t just go for a morning drive and stumble across the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Chances are they watched your employee lock the truck and place the key in the front cab…which happened to be leſt unlocked. According to police, it only takes two to three minutes to steal equipment from the back of a truck.


• No “dummy” locking the truck…see above statement. If you can take the time to latch and place the lock on, then secure it. If you have only one key per truck, make duplicates but have each employee be re- sponsible for the key and check them in and out daily. If you are worried about employee theſt, see the hiring practices bullet point above.


• Employees should lock the cab. I know you can argue that there is no way a truck will be stolen especially with the logo on the side of the unit. Tey may not want the truck for very long, just enough for them to dis- mantle it and get in to your highly guarded box or possibly remove your truck’s com- ponents to your truck.


• Don’t invite theft. Unsuper- vised equipment or fuel canisters sitting outside the truck is basically saying, “Take One”.


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Additional prevention ideas: • Install theft-prevention devices. Physical or mechanical deterrents, such as those sold by LoJack (www.lojack.com) or the Equip- ment Lock Company (www.equipmentlock. com), to prevent thieves from actually oper- ating or moving the machinery.


• Register your equipment with the Na- tional Equipment Registry. Not only will you have a record, but it can be out there for others to know as well. Police cannot know what equipment is stolen unless it is reported. Te NER provides a database of stolen equipment that is searchable by law enforcement. Te organization ensures that the serial numbers are correct and sets up the database for searching. Tere is a fee;


“This is the special roll-up door lock that we have been using for our box trucks. It has been successful in keeping thieves out of our boxes.”


-- Dixie


Speck President, Solterra


UAC MAGAZINE • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012


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