If you have a small construction company and rely on certain items of plant and machinery to help you perform your work, then you may need to transport them back and forth to each job site. You need to make sure that you have the appropriate towing vehicle and plant trailer to make it as easy as possible, but you also have to keep a close eye on your possessions. How can you deter would-be thieves and make sure that your plant and trailer are still there in the morning when you are ready to head out?
If you do not have a great deal of available space indoors, you will need to keep your digger or multipurpose machine on the trailer overnight. This will make it a lot easier for you to get going and save you a lot of time in any case, but you'll certainly want to secure both items carefully.
To begin with, make sure that it is very difficult to remove the machine from the trailer. You will, of course, need to secure the machine so that it does not move when it is under transport, but you should convert those chains to a locking equivalent. For overnight storage, you should get a combination chain that can be secured to an anchor point drilled into the adjacent ground. You can then attach the chain through the trailer's a-frame and around the machine, before closing it all down with a heavy-duty padlock. Make sure that you get a chain that has been designed with steel hardened links to make it very difficult for anyone armed with bolt cutters.
Just to be safe, get another chain/lock combination for the trailer tailgate. You will then have two separate lines of defence for anyone who might seek to deprive you of the machine, the trailer or both.
Why not go even further and add a hitch lock as well? There are many different models available but you should, once again, get something that is made from casehardened material and will be resistant to drilling, cutting or sawing.
While it may still be difficult to deter the most determined criminal around, most of them will turn the other way when they see so many deterrents. After all, they rely on not just stealth but speed and stand a very high chance of being caught if they need to labour too much.
Placing Your Order
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