Forklift theft: settings where it happens

January 9, 2014 by in Blog, Forklift Safety

Forklift theft is certainly most common in unenclosed and unprotected areas. Settings such as farms, open parking lots, and unattended construction sites are the most likely candidates for machine swiping.

There are a number of ways you or your company can prevent these occurrences. Since the loss can be very costly, it is well worth taking a few precautions. Video surveillance cameras are relatively inexpensive additions compared with the expense of hiring security guards. Make sure these are mounted in inconspicuous places.

There are devices that disable electrical systems, including those in electric powered vehicles, when not in use. They can simply be turned on again at the beginning of a new work day.

Various control and locking mechanisms are available to ensure that no one can drive away with a truck. Wireless card ignition prevents hotwiring. There are also keypads that substitute for the typical keys.

You have invested time and money in your equipment and the forklift training and certification of your employees. Online safety instruction will help your workers to be familiar with their machinery and guide them in conducting regular thorough inspections. However, it is up to the owner to consider the best and most cost-effective solution for avoiding the possibility of stolen trucks. Almost any of the current gadgets designed for this purpose are far less expensive than having to replace machines.

A quick web search will give you some sources for different types of deterrents. Tracking chips may also be a good investment.

It is not inevitable that your business must be victimized. You will be thankful for the short time you took to do some research and compare your options should the worst happen.

We offer these industry related tips regularly, along with the legally compliant course to keep drivers informed and licensed at minimal cost.