Watford Plant & Grab Hire Ltd covers all locations in our home county of Hertfordshire, but can also provide tool hire, plant hire and machine hire services across many parts of the adjacent Buckinghamshire area. If you need to use us for waste collections in Amersham, or for digger hire, we’ll be there to supply whatever you need to get the job done. There’s a certain peace of mind that comes with using our services.
That peace of mind can easily be shattered if a tool, an item of plant or a machine you hire from us goes missing.
In 2020, the UK was just one of many countries that went into lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our combined grab hire and plant hire company recently came across an article that noted a marked increase in theft of hired tools and machinery. In the 12 months from April 2020 to April 2021, businesses in the fields of tool hire, machine hire and digger hire reported a 50% increase in instances of theft.
Construction sites, including some around the Amersham area, were worst hit. Theft is always upsetting but, in a time where all of us faced more uncertainty than at any other point in our lifetimes, these losses would have seen hire companies, and their customers, experiencing hardship, financial loss, lost contracts and jobs already in progress put on hold.
Open Season for Plant and Machinery Theft
With contractors placed on furlough, construction sites shut down and security staff let go, business in the trade dropped heavily. In turn, criminal activity increased. The police saw a higher-than-average spike in the theft of equipment rented from tool hire, machine hire and digger hire companies. For organised gangs working in the Amersham area, the Covid-19 pandemic has been far too big an opportunity to miss.
Plant hire companies have lost mini diggers, dumpers, rollers, telehandlers and hand tools. Watford Plant & Grab Hire Ltd suffered a little less because our equipment comes from major brands like Kubota. Our plant has anti-theft systems fitted so it is much harder to steal and less attractive to thieves.
Lesser brands, however, are easier to steal. Some sites in Amersham have therefore suffered more than others.
Security insiders recognise that the pandemic has resulted in an “open season” for opportunists who target equipment either owned by construction companies or rented out to businesses by the tool hire, machine hire and digger hire sectors. Standard seasonal closures see equipment returned to hire companies but, because some sites in Amersham closed overnight in April 2020, rented machinery and equipment remained onsite.
Grab hire and plant hire operators suffered more than most.
Tool and Machine Hire from a Fully Insured Company
When you use Watford Plant & Grab Hire Ltd for your tool hire, machine hire and digger hire needs, you do so with total confidence. We operate as an established company with the appropriate levels of insurance in place. If an item of plant or machinery goes missing, we already have provisions to absorb the loss. This includes waivers which protect our customers in the Amersham area against unexpected losses too.
We want grab and plant hire to be a positive experience for you, and for you to come back to use us on a repeat basis.
If you are a private customer or a business from Amersham with your own plant and machinery, we advise that you relocate items when sites are closed or, better still, that you consider the use of a hire service where concerns over theft lay squarely with our tool, digger and grab hire company.