Jobsite Theft Prevention


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Jobsite Theft Prevention

The most common crime we are seeing are tools stolen from locked trailers after padlocks are busted off (see below). Get in the habit of at the end of each workday, position your job trailer so it is difficult to steal or break into. Block it in with heavy equipment (remove the keys!), back it up to the garage or side of the house and literally do whatever you can to make life difficult for thieves. 

If you are a victim of these crimes, it’s not as simple as an insurance claim. Time is money so think of how much it will set your schedule back by having to work with the police department on the report, contact the insurance company to file the claim and not to mention having to buy all new tools again. Save yourself the time, money and headache of being a victim of these crimes.

Also, area police departments are strongly encouraging builders and their subcontractors to track the serial numbers of their tools or at least make a unique marking on them (paint color, initials, etc). All police departments are connected to pawn shops nationwide and when an item is pawned, the pawn shop must enter the serial number first to allow the authorities to locate any stolen items.

There are many ways to secure your jobsite in an effort to avoid being a victim of jobsite theft. Click here to download the tip sheet.

 


Recently Reported Jobsite Thefts

When a construction jobsite has a reported theft, the HBASE office is informed of the general details. This is in an effort to spread awareness about this ongoing problem in our community. Use this as a reminder to keep your jobsite secure at all times. Below is the list of recently reported jobsite thefts in the Sioux Falls area at residential construction jobsites. The HBASE office does not have additional information than what is posted below.

Southeastern Sioux Falls (February 2018) - Suspects entered a home under construction through an unlocked garage window and stole $5,000-$10,000 in tools. No serial numbers were available.

Northwestern Sioux Falls (January 2018) - Suspects stole a construction trailer containing approximately $5,000 in tools inside. No serial numbers were available.

Northwestern Sioux Falls (January 2018) - Suspects cut the lock off a trailer to steal approximately $5,500 in tools. Serial numbers were available.

Southwestern Sioux Falls (January 2018) - Suspects had forced entry into the home under construction to steal $1,000 in tools. No serial numbers were available.

South central Sioux Falls (January 2018) - Suspects entered a home under construction and stole approximately $1,500 in tools. No serial numbers were available.

Southeastern Sioux Falls (January 2018) - Suspects forced the door open at a home under construction and stole approximately $1,000 in tools. No serial numbers were reported but the construction company did have their tools marked with a name.

Southeastern Sioux Falls (December 2017) - Suspects stole $1,500 in tools that were stolen from the job site trailer. No serial numbers were available.

Northwestern Sioux Falls (November 2017) - Suspects stole $2,000 in tools that were left in an unsecured garage. No serial numbers were available.

Western Sioux Falls (November 2017) - Suspects cut the locks off of the trailer and stole approximately a total of $12,000 in tools. No serial numbers were available when the report came in.

Southwestern Sioux Falls (November 2017) - Suspects cut the locks off of the trailer and stole approximately a total of $3,000 in tools. No serial numbers were available.

Eastern Sioux Falls (November 2017) - An entire trailer full of tools were stolen from a job site. The trailer was later recovered but numerous tools were missing with an approximate value between $5,000 to $10,000. Serial numbers were to be reported soon to the police department by the trailer's owner.