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Allianz Engineering, Construction & Power predicts

2018 will hit a new high for plant theft claims

Posted: 30 November 2018
Allianz Engineering, Construction & Power, is reporting a significant increase in plant theft – year on year and predicts a new high will be hit for this year.
"Organised professional criminals are making a good living out of stealing plant items."
Chris Little, Director of Engineering, Construction & Power, Allianz

Up 55% since 2013, Allianz Engineering, Construction & Power’s own data shows the business dealt with 428 cases of plant theft in 2013 and the latest figures have increased year on year to 665.

Larger items such as excavators and JCBs proved to be the most expensive claims with one example costing £650,000 where a number of items of plant were stolen during the Christmas period at a quarry site. Theft of tools continues to be the most frequently stolen items accounting for a third of the number of claims with the cost usually falling between £1,000-£5,000.

One of three claims that fell within the £100,000-£250,000 bracket involved a fraudulent hirer stealing 13 items of plant over four separate deliveries.

Allianz’s director of engineering, construction & power Chris Little, said:

"Our data reveals that by the end of 2018 thefts could rise by a further 9%, which should be extremely concerning for construction firms. Whilst some plant theft remains opportunistic, there are reports of more organised professional criminals making a good living out of stealing plant items."

A number of security measures can be implemented by construction companies to help prevent plant theft:

  • Install controlled entry and exit systems at construction sites
  • Remove tools from vans where possible and lock them securely away securely
  • Use a variety of security measures such as plant tagging or GPS so that the items can be traced and immobilised remotely.

For further information, please view Allianz’s insight feature on construction plant theft.

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