July 4th Heavy Equipment Theft Trends Infographic and Security Tips and Best Practices

NER® wishes all our clients and Law Enforcement partners a happy and safe Independence Day. We also encourage everyone to take steps to make it a crime-free holiday.

The Independence Day holiday is one of the most active equipment theft periods nationwide, as summer demand for equipment is on full throttle. All areas should consider equipment theft to be a threat just before and over the holiday.

The infographic shows that job site and dealer/rental store burglaries are the most common cause of thefts. Machine thefts from storage locations including contractor’s shop yards and farm outbuildings are also prevalent.

Equipment rental fraud and conversion thefts plagued the industry since a surge in 2018. This trend is not stopping in 2023. NER anticipates that fraudsters and “smash and grab” thieves will be active throughout the summer, particularly leading into and over the summer holiday weekends.

Prevent equipment crimes with a few small steps and minor attention to details to deter an opportunistic thief. Below are a few fundamentals for both law enforcement and equipment owners.

If you are the victim of a theft or receive a theft report, please report it to NER online, or email NER at info@ner.net with as little as the machine make, model and serial number plus the date and location of theft, and we’ll enter it for you. Want an NER alert on the theft? Let us know when we follow-up.