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All alerts of theft and vandalism will go out to members as quickly as they are received. If it is not reported, we cannot alert other members of such incidents. Without the active participation of the members we cannot catch and stop the thieves and vandals. Please direct your job superintendents to report these illegal activities so we can post reward fliers, talk to neighbors and witnesses and work with law enforcement in an effort to recover any stolen equipment. This will also allow us to provide reward money to those reporting the incidents.

David Arebalos
Executive Director

Holiday Security Information for Members

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The Construction Industry Crime Prevention Program of Central California would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  The holiday season is a time for cheer and goodwill, but it also presents criminals with many opportunities to ruin the holiday spirit.  CICPP of Central California offers the following tips for staying safe and protecting your valuables.  Your construction site is like a free ATM for thieves and informational safety tips will help you lock it down, especially over the holidays and work breaks.

Metal Theft

The world wide demand for copper, steel, brass, bronze and other metals has soared in recent years. Copper sold for 80 cents a pound four years ago and currently sells for between $3 and $4 a pound today. With similar increases in the value of other metals thieves are heavily targeting the agricultural and construction industries as sources for metals that are being sold for pennies on the dollar at recycling centers. In addition, these thefts typically create substantial losses as equipment and job sites are heavily vandalized as a byproduct of the thefts.

Law enforcement resources are stretched thin to investigate and respond to this growing problem. Since crime prevention is always less expensive than recovering from an actual crime the Tulare County Sheriff's Department offered the following recommendations.

Be an unattractive target. Crime prevention is an investment that pays dividends when properly applied in areas of improved fencing and lighting, restricting access to assets, marking equipment and other assets with OAN's (owner applied numbers), and avoiding leaving equipment in fields or other remote locations.

Law enforcement also needs help from those businesses and individuals who suffer a metal loss theft/vandalism. The #1 aid to law enforcement is to report all thefts. It is also vital to preserve all crime scenes particularly shoe and tire tracks that thieves may have left behind. Also, report all suspicious activity and mark and secure assets.

Construction Site Theft Tips

We all know that the problems with theft and vandalism on job sites are an on going problem. Unfortunately, law enforcement does not expect it will stop any time soon. The best we can do is to protect our equipment yards and our job sites. Here are some tips that may be helpful:

  • Fence the area as securely as possible.
  • Post CICP "REWARD" signs on all fences at all job sites.
  • Put decals on all equipment stating that is has been marked for easy identification by law enforcement.
  • Consider hiring security.
  • Consider the rental or purchase of storage facilities.
  • Consider assigning a certain color of paint or marker to each company, to mark items for easier identification.
  • Post signs warning that all thefts will be prosecuted.
  • Maintain a list of authorized personnel to control access to the storage areas.
  • Keep gates locked when access is not necessary.
  • Alert neighbors in the area, and ask for their cooperation in watching the property.
  • Stamp equipment and engrave small tools for easy identification.
  • Consider lighting and cameras, if possible.
  • Be sure to manually check all locks and make sure someone did not just turn a lock without completely locking it.