Ontivity Resources


New Braunfels, TX, October 25, 2023


Theft in the construction is literally and figuratively big business, with industry experts estimating annual losses at roughly $1 billion.  In recent weeks, we have seen a spike across the industry with companies suffering significant losses. Now, we are sure some of these incidents occurred even when the necessary prevention steps were taken however, many that resulted may have been avoided by taking simple steps to protect the assets in our care.  Today, we will discuss three reminders in an effort to minimize losses from theft.

  1. Always remove high dollar assets each night
  2. Remember – Out of sight, out of mind
  3. Always make sure the truck and trailer are locked while unattended
  1. Always remove all high dollar assets each night

The problem with thieves is they can and do strike when you least expect it, yes even in areas you might consider low risk.  This is why we must always take steps to prevent theft.  Taking the extra time and effort to bring high dollar test equipment indoors at the end of the day can save tens of thousands of dollars. We get it, carrying in heavy sweep gear is probably the last thing anyone wants to do at the end of a long day but in today’s world it’s pretty much mandatory to prevent theft.

  • Remember – Out of sight, out of mind

Tools and equipment should always be stored and put away after use. Leaving things out is not only a hazard to employees, but also can leave room for theft. When the workday is over, make sure all items are stored properly.  Many of our projects require the use of heavy equipment for several days which is why removing keys and properly securing them is critical to prevention of theft.  Do not leave valuables where they can be seen through a window. Seeing valuables could give a thief the green light to break in and retrieve the object and more.  This is yet another scenario where a few more minutes can help prevent theft.

  • Always make sure the truck and trailer are locked while unattended

An estimated 90% of all equipment thefts take place between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday. Holidays and weekends are the next timeframes for increased chance of theft.  During the process of completing a project we can have equipment and material that is stored on site or in our warehouses making them prime targets for theft.  We must not get in a rush at the end of the day and not take the time to properly secure these areas.  In the words of one of our team members, use the “Buddy Check” to ensure worksites and facilities are properly secured.  Giving our worksites, trailers, and toolboxes one last check before leaving them unattended to ensure proper securement is definitely well worth the effort.

Theft is a problem that just won’t go away and it just about next to impossible to 100% eliminate it from our daily lives.  However, that doesn’t mean we should accept that and not do everything within our power to prevent it.  Taking the few extra minutes to safeguard valuables is something no one should turn a blind eye to.

If you would like more information on this topic or any other safety-related topic, please reach out to the Ontivity safety team at safety@ontivity.com, and we will get you taken care of. 

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