Over the past three months, since early July, there has been an increase in reports of thefts from construction sites and from vehicles involved in construction, maintenance and gardening work. The items taken have included both building materials and tools.
As such, the RCIPS is advising persons involved in these businesses of precautions they can take against such thefts:
Consider implementing increased lighting on job sites, and potentially hiring on-site security. You should also keep track of who attends the site during the day and make note of any suspicious or unauthorized persons. Vehicles carrying equipment should be secured when left unattended, and materials should not be left out in the open if possible. Additionally, it is best to record serial numbers of equipment and to mark items, so that they can be identified more easily if a theft does occur.
Persons working in these businesses are also encouraged to report any instances of unusual attempts to sell them tools or equipment, as these goods may have been stolen.