Mention a stolen vehicle, and most everyone would immediately envision a speeding car fleeing the cops, or maybe a family sedan from the mall parking lot that just happened to have the keys in the ignition. Few think of a slow-moving forklift leaving an empty warehouse parking lot – but that’s exactly what happened in Ulster, Northern Ireland.
For forklift operators and owners, this recent heist in the UK offers some security tips.
In this unusual theft, a JCB forklift was taken from a site at Mornington Development, Ballinderry Road in Lisburn. Police in Lisburn say that there have been a number of building and agricultural plant thefts over recent weeks, with the forklift being the latest item of significant value stolen.
Why would someone want a forklift? After all, many forklifts have unique serial numbers that could be tracked down. One reason would be for the parts. Forklift parts (especially large models like JCB lifts) have substantial value. A thief could conceivably strip the forklift of useful parts for scrap value. Or, the lift could be stolen as an act of vengeance.
Whatever the reason, now is great time to evaluate your particular workplace security from a forklift standpoint.
Here are few things that will prevent forklift theft at your business:
- Invest in a security system – this helps prevent theft and vandalism. Plus, subscribing to a security service can help reduce monthly insurance costs.
- Install perimeter cameras – even if equipment is taken, the bad guys will be caught in the act.
- Employ a security guard – this is an option many medium to large-business owners use to secure their property and equipment (including forklifts).
Remember, crime never takes a day off. Take some time to enhance your forklift security protocols. You may avoid the headaches that the Mornington Development site went through.