3 June, 2013
Advice on Measures to take to Help Prevent Chainsaw Theft
(Issued by Lowveld Timber Theft Forum May 2013)
An electric fence is a good
deterrent. The guard on duty needs to conduct a test on the fence as soon as he
arrives on duty to make sure it is in working order. Make this one of his KPI's
With the alarm system,
install a teargas system inside your store room. When the alarm is triggered
the teargas will be released into the room. Conduct regular tests on the alarm
and tear gas system to prevent insiders fiddling with the system.
Make sure the security
guard has access to a panic alarm.
Dogs, which are more alert than humans, are a
huge deterrent to criminals. Provide your guard with a dog, even if it is
not fully trained.
The modus operandi of criminals is to either use the owner's angle
grinder or their own to open steel safes. If chainsaws are kept in a steel box,
make sure that the electric plugs in the nearby vicinity are secured and where
possible de-activated. This will prevent the thieves gaining access to electric
power to operate angle grinders.
If you build a steel safe
for your chainsaws, incorporate separate "pigeon hole" boxes into the design,
each with its own secure access point inside. If thieves grind the door or side
open they will only be able to access one or two chainsaws at a time and before
a security patrol arrives on the scene.
Mark your chainsaws with
unique identification markings so that if stolen, they can be positively identified
later. Don't only mark the covers but try and mark every part that is possible
to make it difficult for the perpetrators to remove the identification.
Store chainsaws away from
your employees and staff villages. This is particularly important if violent
gangs / syndicates operate in your area.
If you are a victim of a
chainsaw robbery, obtain as much information from your guard and witnesses and
distribute the information to your local timber theft forum, neighbours and
Provide the police with
details of the unique markings on your chainsaws or other equipment stolen.