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An article on the Planning & Building Control Today [PCBToday] website earlier this year, highlighted a phenomenon exacerbated by the global pandemic. Plant and tool theft has always been a thorn in the side of all concerned [except the thieves obviously!], but incidences have risen considerably thanks to Covid 19. There was an estimated 50% rise in raids on vehicles and sites around the start of the pandemic, causing massive financial loss. Many sites were forced to close and projects put on hold nationwide due to the virus.
Plant machinery like Mini Diggers, Dumpers, Skid Steers, Rollers etc represent rich pickings for those willing to steal, and organised gangs have been rife. Of course when a site is closed, there are no personnel or security staff around to keep an eye on things. This leaves vehicles and machinery worth thousands of pounds vulnerable to theft or vandalism. High end plant machinery from leading names like Kubota, Thwaites and Bobcat have state of the art anti theft systems, but cheaper versions can be easier to take.
Nick Mayell, Datatag’s CESAR Police training and liaison officer said at the time: “The Coronavirus ‘lockdown’ has meant that it’s currently ‘open season’ for criminal gangs who target construction plant. “Whereas a company would normally ‘wind-down’ for seasonal closures by ‘off-hiring’ kit and moving their own machines – sites have closed overnight – in the blink of an eye – and the thieves are having a field day.”
Companies are being urged to remove plant and tools from sites, but this raises the question of safe storage. This is where plant hire yet again is the ideal option, alleviating the worry of loss and business failure. Rhinos Plant Hire offer modern, high performance machines, tools and equipment ensuring a reliable solution when carrying out building work in places like Hatfield.