Maintenance tips tend to focus on the benefits of regular fluid changes, or how preventative maintenance can save you money over the long run. But the very real problem of theft and vandalism costs its victims money, too – in some cases, tens of thousands of dollars a year. Fortunately, following these common-sense tips can help you avoid this nuisance.
Technology can help, too. Consider using motion-activated cameras to record movement in and around the work site. Signage on equipment indicating video surveillance will also serve as a deterrent to vandals.
Telematics can also be a useful tool in guarding against theft and vandalism. For example, JDLink™ from John Deere is factory installed in all construction-sized machines. JDLink can provide curfew and geofencing protection for your equipment, alerting you by text message or email if a machine is turned on or moved outside of a predefined area or specified time. In several instances, JDLink's tracking software has enabled law enforcement to recover stolen equipment. See how JDLink can help prevent theft on your jobsite.
For example, at a work site in Miami, the crew arrived one morning to find that one of their four machines was missing. Using JDLink, they could determine that it had been taken at 2 a.m. that morning. A short time later, a JDLink customer service representative found the machine just 45 miles away. The police were then notified, and the machine went from stolen to recovered – and back at the job – in under 48 hours.
A single act of theft or vandalism can wipe out the profits from weeks of hard work, so it's well worth the time – and investment – to make your equipment as secure as possible.
In addition to tracking your equipment in the event of theft, JDLink can provide valuable machine information including machine idle time, fuel consumption, fuel rates, time spent in different gears, break usage, engine and tire temperature, and emission levels.
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