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Report Reveals Top 10 States for Equipment Theft

A new report shows where equipment is stolen the most and what the most popular targets are for iron thieves.

Fri October 09, 2015 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

LoJack Corporation is announcing the release of data and findings from the Company’s annual Construction Equipment Theft and Recovery in the United States study. LoJack’s report, and accompanying infographic, reveal industry trends specific to construction equipment and machinery equipped with the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System.

In the United States, many rental companies and equipment owners may be unaware of the high risk of theft that is associated with owning and operating construction equipment. LoJack’s 2014 study revealed the following:

• Cost of theft: In 2014, more than $7,735,458 worth of construction equipment assets were stolen and recovered. Replacing those assets, if lost, would have cost their owners more than $13.1 million.*

• Top states for equipment theft: California continues to top the list of states with the highest rate of equipment theft. Texas and Florida rank second and third, respectively, likely due to a close proximity to major shipping ports and the high volume of ongoing construction projects throughout the year.

• Most popular equipment types: Tools such as backhoe loaders and skid steers are the most common pieces of equipment stolen and recovered, accounting for 60 percent of all LoJack System-equipped construction equipment recoveries.

• New equipment models are popular targets: Newer equipment models continue to be stolen more often than older equipment. With higher resale value, new equipment can prove to be a lucrative target for thieves. Fifty-four percent of equipment stolen in 2014 was less than five years old.

• Common months for theft: The danger from construction thieves remains relatively consistent throughout the year, with an uptick in activity from November through March, when more equipment is idle due to lower construction activity during colder months.

"Construction equipment remains a key target for practiced thieves as it remains difficult to secure and high in value," said Courtney DeMilio, National Vice President of Commercial and Fleet. "Replacing stolen construction equipment comes at a significant cost that goes beyond the simple dollar value of the equipment. Oftentimes, theft has a much greater, negative impact on a business – loss in job productivity, the inability to complete a job, a diminished professional reputation – all while the owner is spending a substantial amount of time and money to replace the equipment. As criminals continue to target high-value construction equipment, protecting these tools is something that, unfortunately, must remain a high priority for all construction equipment owners."

Additional notable findings from the study of stolen and recovered commercial vehicles equipped with a LoJack device in 2014 include:

• States with the highest occurrence of equipment theft:

1. California

2. Texas

3. Florida

4. Georgia

5. Oklahoma

6. (Tie) Arizona, Colorado

7. Maryland

8. New York

9. North Carolina

10. (Tie) Washington, Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan

• Most popular types of stolen and recovered commercial equipment installed with a LoJack device in 2014:

1. Backhoe Loaders / Skip Loaders / Wheel Loaders: 35%

2. Skid Steers: 25%

3. Towables (Air Compressors, Generators, Welders, Light Towers): 20%

4. Excavators/Mini Excavators: 9%

5. Other: 7%

6. Forklifts: 4%

• The top five equipment brands most stolen and recovered in 2014:

1. Bobcat: 24%

2. John Deere: 20%

3. Caterpillar: 8%

4. Case: 8%

5. Takeuchi: 6%

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