Surveying equipment is expensive, and so it’s no wonder that these instruments are targeted by thieves. But with the following steps, you can help protect yourself and your business.
There are three main points that the police recommend to prevent people stealing your equipment:
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- During setup, ensure that none of your equipment is not in an area where a vehicle can pull up and easily take the device.
- Is anyone paying attention to you, your vehicle, your business premises? Is anyone paying undue attention to your job location? Make a note of vehicle registrations and person descriptions.
- Always keep an eye on your equipment and stay nearby. If possible, ensure another colleague is present.
- If you need to stop your vehicle and it is storing equipment, ensure someone stays with the vehicle.
Keep It Secure
- Use a locking device to secure your equipment on site and always use the manufacturer’s automated or remote locking system where possible. Examples of this include the Leica LOC8, which we have installed on many Leica Total Stations on our hire fleet. We can also arrange for this to be fitted onto your devices as a security measure.
- When storing a device in your vehicle, ensure it is out of sight and securely fixed inside the vehicle.
- Ensure the device is forensically marked or tagged, fitted with a GPS tracker and is able to be locked. That could be with remote locking or a pin code locking system. Clearly label the device to show that it is fitted with all of this to further deter thieves.
Always make note of the device serial number. If you are purchasing a used piece of equipment, you can check that serial number to make sure it is not stolen, but you can also use it to report that piece of equipment stolen.
When storing your instruments, you should lock them in a standalone storage unit, within a secure room, on your premises. Or secure with two points of locking to a ground anchor and chain within a secure room. Any secure room or store should be internal to the main building. Doors must be of a high standard and the walls must be robust and resistant to manual attack or damage.
Installing a CCTV system is also an excellent way to prevent theft, and to record it should it occur.
Have a back-up plan
If your equipment does get stolen, do you have a back-up plan? Whether that’s our number on speed dial for a fast hire, or a spare instrument, make sure your work doesn’t get too disrupted by the theft.
If Your Equipment is Stolen…
Dial 999 for an emergency response - if there is a danger to life, serious injury to a person or violence being used or threatened, serious damage to property, or if the crime is serious and still in progress.
Dial 101 to report a crime or have other concerns that do not require an emergency response.
Also report the theft to the manufacturer, using the device serial number to help report it stolen. The manufacturer should be able to flag that on their database, making it harder to sell as it cannot be legitimately serviced, or parts purchased.
Finally, if you are hiring the piece of equipment from us and it is stolen, please report it to us!
About the Leica LOC8:
An essential security tracking device for Leica Total Stations, not only does the LOC8 offer a smart tracking and management tool, it also acts as a great theft deterrent. The LOC8 module provides advanced positioning, tracking and locking features that put you in control of the security of your equipment.
- Remote locking
- Indoor and outdoor positioning
- On demand position
- Multiple geo fences with alarm
- Start moving alarm
- Speed alarm
- Up to 365 days travel history
- Flight mode capable
- Manage multiple LOC8 devices in one account