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July 2016

UK MACHINERY THEFTS - JUNE 2016

UK MACHINERY THEFTS - JUNE 2016

The Met Police’s specialist team, the Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit (PANIU), regularly report on the situation regarding stolen construction and agricultural equipment. Their latest report shows that 696 pieces of equipment were stolen April to June 2016 bring total thefts in the last 12 months to 2,765, up 23% on the previous 12 months showing that the threats posed by opportunistic and organised equipment theft are far from over.

Mini-excavators, site-dumpers, generators, attachments, telehandlers and compaction rollers remain the most stolen types of equipment accounting for over 61% of all stolen equipment. Compact equipment is easy to steal, can be easily transported in panel vans and containers and is relatively easy to sell-on.

Thieves target leading brands and so it’s no surprise that Kubota, JCB, Terex, Thwaites and Bomag machines account for over a third of all stolen equipment.
Equipment theft is a wide spread problem and professional thieves are known to move from area to area trying to avoid detection and equipment recoveries. In the past 12 months Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Humberside, Kent and the Metropolitan Police areas have accounted for over 27% of all thefts.

PANIU report that overall recovery rates, for stolen equipment, are running at around 9% which is well below that for stolen cars which is nearer 50%. Stolen CESAR marked equipment and machines fitted with either integrated telematics or specialist third party tracking devices are much more likely to be recovered with recovery rates of over 90% reported by leading suppliers.