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Rollers top thieves’ wanted list

31 May 16 A review of stolen construction machinery reveals that rollers are proving especially attractive to thieves.

Rollers are a hot target for plant thieves
Rollers are a hot target for plant thieves

AMI Group, which protects more than £245m worth of assets across the UK with its tracking devices, analysed all of its plant theft recoveries nationwide so far this year. Rollers came out as the top target for criminals.

AMI Group operations director Peter Stockton said: “The review we carried out revealed a marked increase in the theft of rollers from both construction sites and customer depots. This equipment tends to be smaller in size than much of the larger plant machinery so it is easier for criminals to conceal and transport in a panel van. Thieves may automatically presume that rollers don’t have a tracking device fitted so it is an easier option than larger kit which is more likely to have telematics fitted and overt property marking such as CESAR (the Construction & Agricultural Equipment Security and Registration Scheme).”

AMI’s findings echo a recent report by the Metropolitan Police’s Plant & Agricultural National Intelligence Unit (PANIU), which stated that “PANIU is seeing steady increases in the theft of smaller items. Tandem rollers, dumper trucks and the mini excavator remain popular to the criminal networks”.

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