West Fargo Police Department
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West Fargo, ND 58078
Snow Removal Equipment Theft Warning
While commuters fret and children rejoice, thieves get busy.
Recent equipment theft activity reported to National Equipment Register confirms that criminal elements continue to target machines staged for snow removal operations, particularly in Mid Atlantic, Great Lakes and Mid-Western states.
The inherent vulnerability of machines left unmonitored in publicly accessible areas for extended periods is too great a temptation. In late 2012 and thus far in 2013, everything from compact tractors to medium size articulated loaders have been taken from parking lots, private roadways and commuter transit locations (even municipal machines) where they were left to provide snow clean up.
Additionally, thieves take advantage of the fact that machines being loaded or operated at late hours and on weekends during storms are not suspicious to the general public or Law Enforcement, who have more urgent concerns.
With new storms currently dumping snow throughout many areas, NER strongly encourages Equipment Owners and Law Enforcement to be aware of this continual problem.
Equipment owners, dealers and rental operators must be conscious of security on any machines sent to publicly accessible areas in anticipation of storm clean up, and take steps to reduce the vulnerability of the machines and attachments
Information provided by the National Equipment Register www.ner.net
Locally, your own residential snow blower may also be at risk. When not in use your snow blower should be stored inside a garage or locked shed. If you do need to leave the snow blower outdoors, store it next to your home and out of sight of the street. You should pick a location where you can routinely view the snow blower so any theft can be detected early. If you decide to take a rest period or run out of fuel while using your snow blower do not leave it on the sidewalk or near the end of your driveway. Someone may steal the machine later claiming they thought it was abandoned or junk.