Is your equipment labeled to aid in recovery in the event of theft?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by kirkmbrown2001, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. kirkmbrown2001

    kirkmbrown2001 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Hey everyone!

    I have a question for you. Is your equipment labeled to help the recovery process in the event of theft?

    I just recently purchased weatherproof 2" x 1" labels that are individually numbered and have my company name and phone number. Here is what they will look like below:


    Not only will the tag help police identify stolen material, it will also help me keep track of equipment maintenance. Since each piece is uniquely numbered, tracking service and PM schedules will be much easier.

    I have also taken it a step further and got an app for my android phone that will have all of my equipment's model numbers, serial numbers, and purchase details listed. And yes, it is exportable.

    You may think that this all may be pretty pricey. You would be wrong.

    This is where I got the labels:
    I got 100 labels for $9.99 with free shipping. Custom designed!

    This is the Android app I am using:
    The app was $8.99

    Don't wait till it's too late! Be proactive and take these measures to protect your equipment!
  2. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,887

    Hey Kirkmbrown, good to see you, haven't seen you in a while.
    Sounds like a good idea but I think an engraved mark would be better. Decals can be removed. Keeping track of the maintenance idea is a good thing though!
    I'm waiting for you to find the mini hidden gps tracker on the inexpensive!!
  3. kirkmbrown2001

    kirkmbrown2001 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Hey Lefet!

    You are correct, the labels can be removed. To reduce the risk of it being removed, I would probably place them below the equipment or a place not immediatly noticible. Plus, some criminals are pretty stupid and may not even think of looking for a label. :hammerhead:

    The engraving is also not a surefire way. People can easily file that away like many car thieves do to VIN numbers. Bottom line, if a thief puts their mind to it, they can remove anything.

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