New move on £800m thefts


Eight of the UK’s top hirers have met in Glasgow to explore new ways of tackling the industry’s £800m theft problem.

A-Plant, Brandon Hire, GAP, Hewden, HSS, Nationwide Platforms, Speedy and VP joined forces for the first time to discuss ways of improving security.

The meeting followed the annual Combined Industries Theft Solutions (CITS) conference held at JCB headquarters in Staffordshire in November which highlighted a number of measures the construction and associated industries should take to combat thieves.

The eight companies agreed to continue working together to share information, ideas and best practice. Options to reduce theft were discussed, including increasing depot and site security measures. It was recommended that each should strengthen relationships with local police forces to get better support.

Iain Anderson, joint managing director of GAP Hire Solutions and chairman of the Plant Hire Steering Group, commented: “The exchange of information is vital if we’re going to reduce theft and we have to work together in order to tackle this. As we are the biggest plant hire companies in the UK, we were able to share knowledge on how best to reduce theft rates.”

Also at the inaugural meeting were Allister Maxwell and Kevin McEwan of GAP; Douglas McLuckie (A-Plant), Ian McLaughlin (Brandon), Paul Hughes (Hewden), Steve Roach and Mark Shirley (HSS), Roger Wickens (Nationwide Platforms), Steve Giblin and Rob Bryan (Speedy) and Amanda Knowles (VP).

A second meeting will be held at Speedy Services’ HQ in Haydock in May.

• Around 92% of UK construction and plant hire companies have suffered plant theft. Most incidents take place at construction sites rather than at depots.

Article posted 10/3/2015