Farmers and construction workers may lose the use of their equipment from a variety of sources, including breakdowns or bad weather.
However, thieves may also contribute to this, and many choose holiday weekends when targeting farm or construction equipment. Recently, the National Equipment Registry noted that people should take the proper precautions to avoid having their machinery nabbed during the July Fourth holiday.
This is based on the fact that there was an increased instance of theft during the Memorial Day weekend. However, there are ways for owners to avoid this, the NER said.
For example, any barriers should be checked to ensure they provide adequate protection. Lighter equipment should be stored in more secure locations, such as service bays.
"Communicate with neighboring businesses, especially those which will be open during the holiday; raise their awareness so that thefts in progress are recognized, and be sure their staff have your emergency contact information," the NER said.
Equipment owners should make sure they keep detailed records on their machines, which can help law enforcement agencies in the investigative process.