Stolen trailers are relatively easy to sell, thanks to new internet services. Add this all up, and it’s easy money for thieves − a recipe for theft.
Not only are the trailers themselves worth money to thieves, but their contents may be valuable. There are more than 100,000 small trailer thefts each year, and sometimes this can be disastrous for the owner.
“There Are More Than 100,000 Small Trailer Thefts Each Year…”
It can also be expensive for companies that sell trailers or own them as part of their operations when they’re stolen. Likewise, stolen trailers can mean project delays which also costs companies.
Recovering stolen trailers poses a problem for law enforcement. Several states don’t require registrations for them, which make them virtually unidentifiable. Even if a thief in a state with trailer-registration requirements is pulling a stolen trailer with no plates, being cited for a minor traffic violation (pulling an unregistered trailer) is the worst that they can expect.
A Texas couple learned that video can be a powerful measure against small trailer theft. In this case, video helped identify the stolen trailer and an observant internet user was key to recovering it.
While the owners were lucky that a good Samaritan saw the trailer and called law enforcement, companies should take a more deliberate approach and use a company like Pro-Vigil to monitor their trailers and everything else that might be stolen.
Pro-Vigil can not only ensure that valuables are monitored by video 24×7, but it can also automatically sound alarms and trigger other audio/visual deterrents when someone is approaching a trailer or some other valuable item.
Likewise, signs can deter would-be thieves if they are warned they are on video. And, customers with Pro-Vigil’s video monitoring service can even have law enforcement respond if the would-be thieves are not already deterred.
Trailers are easy to steal, but Pro-Vigil makes it a lot harder, if not impossible. If you own trailers or are a dealer of trailers, contact us today to learn more.