Thanksgiving Heavy Equipment Theft Trends Infographic and Security Tips and Best Practices

NER® wishes all our clients and Law Enforcement partners a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

We also wish everyone a crime free holiday. The reality is that thieves undoubtedly will be active over the holiday, as recent reports to NER indicate that equipment theft continues in many areas despite the pandemic.

Equipment theft rates generally mirror the overall economy; in this new environment, theft patterns prove to be difficult to predict and all areas should consider equipment theft to be a viable threat over the holiday.

The infographic shows that theft of equipment from job sites and dealerships over the holiday is always an issue, and so far in 2020 that continues to be the case. Contractors and dealers in all areas should be aware of the heightened threat of thefts especially of Compact Tracked Loaders, Skid Steers and Mini Loaders like the Toro Dingo.

Equipment rental fraud is still a major issue in 2020 with little signs of slowing this winter. Rental operators need to be vigilant as indicated by recent frauds in North Carolina and Texas.

Try to do something proactive to prevent equipment crimes from occurring. Small steps and minor attention to details may be all it takes to deter an opportunistic thief that is targeting your area. 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.