Do your employees know how to prevent car and equipment theft? [July-August 2012 Print Edition]

Vehicles and equipment are prime theft targets

September 5, 2012
by Fleet Management staff

More than 93,000 cars were stolen in Canada in 2010, according to Statistics Canada. Do your fleet drivers know how to minimize the chances that their vehicle will be the thieves’ next target?

A recent survey conducted by Angus Reid on behalf of LoJack Canada, distributor of Boomerang and now LoJack brands, showed that while 90 percent of drivers surveyed said they take precautions like parking in well-lit areas, and making sure their doors are locked, many also leave themselves open to car theft. Forty-four percent of Ontarians admit to having parked their car and left it unlocked. Leaving the car unattended with the keys in the ignition and the engine running is an invitation to theft. Yet 24 percent of Ontarians responded that they have done just that.

An earlier survey conducted for Boomerang showed that almost half of respondents in the construction industry (46 percent) reported they have experienced thefts on their job site. Thirty-one percent say they’ve had more than one theft and 63 percent of stolen equipment was never seen again.

Commercial owners need to take effective, proactive and timely measures to avoid the hassle, cost and downtime associated with it, and that includes training staff to prevent theft. Since insurance claims for equipment may take longer than the 30-day standard for vehicles, until a theft claim is settled, a stolen piece of equipment generates absolutely no revenue for the business. These common situations can add up to significant expenses for business owners, not to mention insurance premium hikes that usually affect an entire fleet, whether it comprises equipment or cars.

It pays to train your staff on theft prevention.