It falls upon managers to safeguard assets worth a great deal of money and these categories can include things such as trailers, cars, tools, trucks, equipment and other items essential to the work their personnel perform. What is the best way to keep these things secure? Understanding what you are up against in terms of thieves and their motives is the most effective way to take a firm stance against theft while the fleet is out on jobs. Looking at things from this different perspective assist you in grasping the gaps in your security plan so that you can ward such nefarious action off at the pass.
Thinking Like Criminals to Keep Your Fleet Safe
What does it take to approach life like a criminal? First, we should consider what a typical thief is like so that you can employ such knowledge to great effect.
1. Would-be Thieves Tend to Shop Around
In terms of assessing possible targets for theft, criminals love visibility. Having things such as tools, electronic devices, computers and the like out in the open is almost like begging for them to be stolen.
Key pieces of equipment and capital must be stowed in closed spaces that are not easily seen. Placing items of this nature in their own designated storage spots makes it easy for a manager to verify that things are where they are supposed to be at all times. Any cash should always be kept in drop safes which are screwed onto a surface of the office or a vehicle.
2. Fast Profitability Is the Thief’s Goal
A criminal will seek to steal something that can be swiftly turned around for a profit. Because they are worth a significant amount of money, trailers and work trucks from construction contractors are especially attractive to thieves.
Always be aware of the value of the assets you have on hand. Which items are the most appealing to would-be thieves? Once these things have been identified, they need to be the ones given the most protection. Construction tools and equipment may not always have crucial serial numbers attached and, therefore, it can be difficult for purchasers to ascertain whether or not they are stolen goods. Having a permanent identification number, name or symbol placed on these items renders it clear to everyone if something has been stolen. Thieves will have a much more difficult time getting paid for these assets as a result.
3. Thieves Dislike Risky Endeavours
Every thief wants to avoid being caught in their crimes. Thus, if an item they covet is well-secured with locks or other security measures, it is less likely that they will make the effort to carry it away.
4. Criminals Loathe Getting Caught
While this surely seems intuitive, it is something that is important to keep in mind when trying to think as a criminal does. Managers need to make stealing very difficult for would-be thieves. Always make certain that equipment is inventoried and tracked, and if something goes missing, there needs to be a plan in place to identify the assailant.
Put a recovery mechanism into action. What would this entail? A useful system could utilise GPS technology to keep track of all assets. Make an effort to disguise the GPS functionality on key assets so that a thief will not be able to disable it. Of course, it is never wise to attempt an apprehension of a thief yourself. Get in touch with local law enforcement who can do the leg-work in a safe and appropriate manner. Always report a theft to the authorities, no matter if the asset had GPS capabilities attached or not. Also, make certain that costly assets are properly insured. This guard against massive losses in the event that a stolen asset is never found.
Never sit back and let thieves walk away with your equipment. Be proactive with regard to prevention. Those with poor security measures in place are almost certain to be targeted. Use all of the deterrent strategies available to you so that there is a better chance that your assets remain safe. Making it difficult for thieves to take your property is the best way to preserve expensive business property.