Labor Day Heavy Equipment Theft Trends Infographic and Security Tips and Best Practices

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

The Labor Day holiday is always an active equipment theft period nationwide. All areas should consider equipment theft to be a threat just before and over the holiday.

The infographic shows that dealer/rental stores and job sites are the most likely locations for theft to occur, followed by contractor’s yards and farm properties.

Equipment rental fraud and conversion thefts plagued the industry since a surge in 2018. This trend is not stopping in 2023. Reports show that despite recent busts, fraudsters were and continue to be active everywhere equipment is in demand.

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 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.