With the dark nights upon us, construction plant tracking specialist AMI Group is warning plant owners and hirers that plant machinery is more at risk of theft than ever during the winter months.
“It really is vital that plant security is increased during the winter, especially over Christmas when sites are often shut for two weeks and kit is parked up unoccupied, ” declares Peter Stockton, Operations Director of AMI Group. “We always see a trend of more machines being stolen during the winter as the dark, wet conditions present more opportunities for plant thieves to steal equipment. Because construction sites and depots are often located in remote, poorly lit areas, criminals can hide under the cover of darkness.
“We offer a range of cost-effective plant tracking devices which can assist the safe return of plant machinery in the unfortunate event of it being stolen. This small investment can pay dividends, as the money spent on increasing security measures can be quickly recovered through insurance discounts, reduced claims and less downtime,” he continued.
Virtually on a daily basis AMI Group is helping customers across the UK to locate and recover stolen equipment as a result of the use of state-of-the-art tracking devices which utilise GPS (Global Positioning System), GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and RF (Radio Frequency) technology. Once an AMI tracking device is fitted to a piece of machinery, customers can logon to the AMI Nexis web-based portal to establish its destination in the event of it being stolen.
Over £245 million worth of customer assets are now protected with AMI Group systems, including several of the UK’s national plant hirers and construction companies. As well as helping AMI customers recover their own plant, the company’s tracking systems have also helped the Police to recover thousands of pounds of construction equipment not protected with an anti-theft deterrent.
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