LoJack, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CalAmp and a leader in vehicle and construction equipment theft recovery and advanced fleet management solutions, recently announced that law enforcement officials throughout the United States recovered more than $6.6 million in stolen construction equipment and machinery equipped with the LoJack System for Construction and Commercial Vehicles and Equipment in 2015.
LoJack’s “2015 Construction Equipment Theft Recovery Report” and infographic highlights the ongoing problem of thieves targeting construction businesses for their high value equipment. The report identifies equipment categories and classes, manufacturers and geographies where theft is most likely to occur. Heavy equipment is the most vital asset of construction businesses. Contractors and rental fleet owners not only lose valuable assets, but also lose efficiency and miss schedule deadlines when equipment is stolen. The cost of equipment theft can be devastating to the national economy generally, as well as to the profitability of small and large businesses alike.
The 2015 LoJack Construction Equipment Theft Recovery Report revealed the following:
In 2015, over $6.6 million* worth of assets were recovered on construction equipment installed with the LoJack System. Replacing those assets, if not recovered, would have cost their owners approximately $11 million.*
Since the study began, more than $180 million** worth of stolen heavy equipment has been recovered using the LoJack System.
The top equipment types recovered in 2015 were also those most popular on the jobsite:
- Towables (33%) — generators, air compressors, cement mixers, and welders
- Wheeled and Tracked Loaders (28%) — used to shovel or move material around
- Skid Loaders (20%) — specialty vehicles with a range of powered attachments
- Excavators (7%) — used to dig and move large materials
- Utility Task Vehicles (6%) — used in residential markets as well as construction
The following were the top five most stolen and recovered LoJack system-equipped construction equipment manufacturers in 2015:
- 1. Bobcat (25%)
- 2. John Deere (15%)
- 3. Multiquip (6%)
- 4. Caterpillar (6%)
- 5. CASE (6%)
-In 2015, 64% of the equipment stolen was less than five years old
-In 97% of theft and recovery cases, equipment was retrieved in the same state
A 2014 National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) report indicated that up to $1 billion is lost nationwide due to construction equipment theft and only 20% of it is ever recovered by law enforcement. Construction equipment thieves are increasingly part of large, organized crime rings that target high value equipment. Unlike vehicle identification numbers (VIN), construction equipment does not have standardization in production identification numbers (PIN), which makes the assets more difficult to track and recover by law enforcement.“Construction sites have been popping up all over the U.S. as part of the economic recovery, making the theft of construction equipment a very lucrative market for thieves. The increased exposure of equipment opens up vulnerability to theft,” said Courtney DeMilio, National Vice President of Commercial and Fleet for LoJack. “Because construction projects create jobs, the cost of unrecovered stolen equipment extends far beyond the equipment itself and potentially affects the lives of construction workers. LoJack is dedicated to partnering with law enforcement and the construction industry to recover stolen construction equipment in a timely manner to reduce operational downtime and minimize the impact of stolen equipment.”
*2015 LoJack proprietary theft and recovery data with value of assets determined from information obtained from EquipmentTracker.com, MachineryTracker.com and National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).
**LoJack proprietary theft and recovery data with value of total assets determined from information obtained from EquipmentTracker.com, MachineryTracker.com and National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) from year to year since 2000.