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Crime Prevention Program of Southern California Protects Member Assets

According to the National Equipment Register (NER), the value of equipment stolen across the U.S. annually ranges from $300 million to $1 billion. Year after year, California ranks in the top five for suffering the greatest amount of theft. Crime Prevention Program (CPP) of Southern California specializes in job site crime prevention and equipment recovery, providing layers of protection for member’s equipment and job sites.

High volume, high crime

California becomes a target because there are a lot of projects year-round. With the passage of SB1 and other infrastructure funding, The Golden State is a hotbed of economic activity. Additionally, being close to seaports makes it easier for thieves to get stolen goods off your property and overseas to be sold.

Because thieves are often savvy, they know newer equipment likely has tracking devices. Thus, they target older top-end items because they command higher prices. Such equipment includes:

  • Wheeled loaders
  • Tracked loaders
  • Skid steers
  • Excavators
  • Utility vehicles

Crime prevention, equipment recovery

Since 1984, CPP has been the leader in crime prevention in Southern California. When you become a member, you join hundreds of other construction industry professionals who benefit from the services CPP provides. 

Because every project is unique, CPP offers customizable layers of protection for each job site. We educate and train employees on numerous crime prevention techniques and have strong support from local and regional prevention partners, companies that represent firms in equipment rental, insurance, and security. 

Posting our signs and decals that provide hotline numbers and offer rewards raises awareness and gets employees, neighbors and the general public involved in solving crime situations. 

We collaborate with key local and regional law enforcement contacts. This includes local police and sheriff’s departments, California Highway Patrol, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Members have access to our state-of-the-art 24-hour reward hotline, and, in the event of a theft, we advocate on member’s behalf to facilitate a response from law enforcement. Additionally, there will be a direct notification to more than 300 contacts in our database that describes the loss.

Getting it back

Over the last 35 years, we’ve helped recover thousands of pieces of equipment worth millions of dollars. Some examples of how working together can make a difference for members includes:

  • In the early morning hours of October 23, 2018, thieves stole a CAT 289D and a Muiltiquip water trailer from CPP member Ferreira’s job site off I-15 in Riverside County. Using information obtained from the CAT’s GPS, the items were located at a residence in Jurupa Valley where members of the Regional Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) task force were able to recover them. In addition to the two Ferreira pieces, the RAID team also recovered two trailers and a truck. Three suspects were taken into custody. The total value of the recovery: $97,800.
  • CPP member Boudreau Pipeline discovered a company truck was broken into in April 2019. Additionally, a 2015 Honda EB3000c Generator was stolen in Fontana. When an employee of the company saw what appeared to be the company equipment posted in an OfferUp listing, CPP was contacted for assistance. Working with our partners in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept. Rural Crimes Task Force, the $1,300 generator was recovered and returned to Boudreau.
  • CPP member Sunstate Equipment Rentals had a Ford F750 Water Truck, valued at $90,53, stolen on July 27, 2019, from a location in Menifee. Speedy member action to alert CPP of active GPS helped to relocate and secure the truck within hours. The RAID Task Force in Riverside assisted in recovering the truck quickly.
  • RAID contacted CPP for assistance with identifying the owners of equipment discovered while serving a warrant. One of the items, a 2013 Multiquip WhisperWatt generator, was recovered, and with CPP’s help, returned to its rightful owner. The value of this equipment: $25,000.
  • CPP member Sunstate Equipment Rentals had a Multiquip MTX70HD Tamper stolen from a location in Colton, CA, several months ago. With assistance from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept. Rural Crimes Task Force, the $2,725 tamper was recovered returned to Sunstate in July 2019.
  • CPP member Flatiron Construction had an Ingersoll Rand R185 compressor stolen from a job in San Diego in June 2019. CPP contacts in the private industry and the CHP Mexican Liaison Unit found the compressor in Mexico. The $20,000 unit was recovered in July 2019 and returned Flatiron Construction in the U.S.

How can we help your company?

Crime prevention is everyone’s business. Time-tested, multi-agency, and industry partnerships make your membership in the Crime Prevention Program of SoCal an invaluable asset to protect your company. Learn more about the benefits you reap by becoming a member today.

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