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Security marking landscaping equipment

Following recent discussions on Wednesday with local Crime Prevention Officer, I was made aware that Custody Suites in Waverley (Part of Surrey) and Surrey Police area as a whole are now generally equipped with Smart Water & SelectDNA detectors to identify recovered property.  See:

www.smartwater.com

&

www.selectadna.co.uk

In addition to the liquid, both of these kits come with security stickers for equipment, vans & premises. We went for SelectDNA some while ago and gives some piece of mind.

 This goes hand in hand with the need to record all your equipment numbers, See:

 http://www.landscapejuicenetwork.com/forum/topics/equipment-serial-numbers-do-you-have-yours

 Thefts down our way are on the increase, so be warned and prepared...

 You won't appreciate the hassle, concern and lost business you can experience if you do nothing to protect your equipment.

 Still prefer the idea of 240v door handles & rigged shotguns ...no, no only joking  Officer ;-)

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  • Our local police have been running a campaign recently where they are marking trailers with some kind of security paint for free. This has been aimed at builders, farmers etc and has been taking place at the local mart on mart days. As well as marking the trailers, they are taking details of who owns and tows the trailers so that if they see it on the road at odd or unusual times they know who should be using it. Seems like a good idea and i have mine booked in to be done.

  • Stragne you should be posting this Gary, I had my van done over Monday evening! Sometime between 6.30 and 8.30! Crime is on the increase around here ATM, South Beds. Although I have all the serial numbers for the tools the insurance company are currently taking the stance of not paying out as apparently there wasn't sufficient enough force used to break in.

     

    So as i have startred to do again, We should de tool our vans when we get in, all I done was go in to have my dinner!

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    Kieran, I've had my fill of insurance companies in the past. They will try to brow beat you. Do not let them. They have to display sufficient ground to decline a claim. Get that in writing and then go to ombudsman to adjudicate. Often they will capitulate as they don't want a precedant ruling handed down. It does take time though.

    We also de-tool our vans at nite and park back to back covering our unit entrance.
  • They paid out last year in March, so I should get a pay out in the end. Will need it was about 3k in tools nicked! I will be ringing them tomorrow with my documents in hand so I can read them the exact clause they are trying to use to get out of it and prove that what they are saying is not written in my documentation.

    But yes as you say, if needs be i will take it to the ombudsman.

     

    The tools are usualy removed after I have had my dinner but shows that even thats too long!!!

     

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    I used to take my more expensive tools out the van each evening, but earlier in the year when i renewed my insurance and had a quiry, i was told they were insured for over night storage in the van and if they were in the garage were not covered to the same degree. The van does have an alarm and dead locks on the cargo doors.

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    Seemed relevant to bump this thread.

    I think the morale is that this is happening all the time now and they know we are easy victims due to the gear most of us carry in vans...
  • I thought it was pure coincidence i saw this thread as well as writing my own about theft, but i see that this has been going on for alot longer than recent times.

    An interesting thread to which i can learn alot in my quest for justice from the thieves and insurance co!!

  • It really annoys me when insurance companies try and wriggle out of not paying.  You question whether it was worth being insured in the first place.  They seem quite happy to pay out on all these phoney injury claims but when it comes to a genuine working man who has had his livlihood taken away, they start welching.  System needs sorting out
     
    Kieran Ray said:

    They paid out last year in March, so I should get a pay out in the end. Will need it was about 3k in tools nicked! I will be ringing them tomorrow with my documents in hand so I can read them the exact clause they are trying to use to get out of it and prove that what they are saying is not written in my documentation.

    But yes as you say, if needs be i will take it to the ombudsman.

     

    The tools are usualy removed after I have had my dinner but shows that even thats too long!!!

     

  • I live down a track at a farm. So we are quite open to theft. However I have an employee who takes care of unwanted visitors.

    His name is milo and has 4 legs. no one comes down the drive without Milo letting them know he is around.

    The trouble is these bold thefts know that they can get away with it and if they are a section of the community that the police wont enforce the law upon it can be painted in smart water or have post code engraved on it it wont come back because the police wont go and get it

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2042413/Northants-police-re...

    We also have CCTV installed and tracker stickers on vehicles and trailers.

  • I baught a dremell type drill and have engraved my initials and postcode in the metal and plastic parts of all my tools. Won't stop them being stolen I know, but should make them harder to sell on.
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