'By partnering with law enforcement we can be for certain that our customers never purchase used heavy equipment that has been stolen and placed on the market for resale,' Wise said.
League City, Texas (PRWEB) May 25, 2014
Representatives with Expert Heavy Equipment announced today that they have partnered with law enforcement to run all serial numbers through the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) databases.
“We’ve made an agreement directly with law enforcement to ensure that all used equipment is free of theft prior to purchasing,” said Milissa Wise, director of operations for Expert Heavy Equipment, which is a female veteran owned company. “For the past four years, we have verified our used equipment purchases through National Equipment Register (NER), which offers a product/service known as the IRONcheck report. However, through our experience, we have found the report to be less reliable."
EHE’s decision to partner with law enforcement directly could prove to have perfect timing.
According to a recent The National Insurance Crime Bureau report, which examined heavy equipment theft data submitted by law enforcement to the NCIC, in 2012, a total of 10,925 heavy equipment thefts were reported to law enforcement—a decrease of 7 percent from the 11,705 reported in 2011.
When compared with the 13,511 reported thefts in 2008, there has been an overall 19 percent reduction in heavy equipment thefts.
The study profiles that data according to theft state, theft city, theft month, equipment manufacturer, equipment style (type) and year of manufacture.
The report also examines heavy equipment recoveries in 2012 based on those same criteria.
Texas ranked number one in 2012 with 1,401 reported thefts.
In second place was North Carolina with 1,037 thefts followed by Florida in third with 890 thefts.
In fourth place was California with 686 thefts, and tied for fifth—Georgia and South Carolina with 595 each.
The top five cities with the most thefts were Houston (163); Miami (107); Conroe, Texas (83); Oklahoma City, Okla. (79) and Fresno, Calif. (64).
The three most stolen heavy equipment items in 2012 were: Mowers (riding or garden tractor: 5,363); Loaders (skid steer, wheeled: 1,943) and tractors (wheeled or tracked: 1,459).
“By partnering with law enforcement we can be for certain that our customers never purchase used heavy equipment that has been stolen and placed on the market for resale,” Wise said.
For more information, please visit: http://www.experthe.com.