Are you a farmer, or do you own a construction company? Do you work in any industry that requires the ownership of equipment?
If so, you know how important your equipment is to the success of your business. You also know how susceptible your equipment is to theft. The National Insurance Crime Bureau estimates that construction equipment and tools to the tune of as much as one billion dollars worth is stolen in the United States every year; 90 percent of these theft occur at work sites. Between 1995 and 2001, these thefts increased by 64 percent, and the numbers continue to rise.
If you are the victim of equipment theft, what you do after you discover your equipment has been stolen plays a pivotal role in recovering your stolen property.
What should you do after you find out that your equipment has been stolen? Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind that can speed up and make the recovery process more successful.
Secure the Scene
The first thing you should do is secure the scene. Make sure that all of the equipment that has not been stolen is properly secured. This includes making sure that it is locked up and that it is monitored.
After you have secured the scene, take inventory of your stock of equipment. Make a detailed report of all of the items that have been stolen. Include vehicle identification (VIN) numbers, the name of manufacturers, the year and model, the date the equipment was purchased, any identifying marks on the equipment, and any other pertinent information in your report.
Contact the Local Police Department
Contact the police as soon as possible to file a stolen equipment report. Provide the police with the inventory report that you have created. They will also investigate the scene and provide you with a hard copy of the official police report that they have made, including the case number of the report.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Contact the company that insures your equipment within 24 hours of the time you made the discovery of the stolen equipment. Provide your insurance company with the hard copy of the police report, as well as the case number that you were given.
In order to improve the chances of recovering stolen equipment, it is a wise idea to install GPS equipment tracking devices. This will make it easier for you, and the authorities, to pinpoint the location of your equipment, and ensure its return.
The future of the bear cubs that have been injured or orphaned is looking brighter, thanks to GPS tracking technology.
Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR,) an East Tennessee nonprofit that has concentrated their efforts on returning the cubs to the wild, has been outfitting bears with GPS tracking collars. The collars provide real time tracking data, keeping track of the bears in rehabilitates. Though the technology is not cheap, it is expected to provide valuable information on the bears, including their movements, their eating habits and their mortality rates, said Dana Dodd, the president of ABRs board of directors.
Dodd noted that if so much time and energy is being spent to care for the bears and get them back into their natural habitat, it only makes sense to know if the efforts have been successful. If changes or adjustments to the rehabilitation process need to be made, real data will allow them to make those changes.
Since 1996, ABR has taken in, rehabilitated and released 257 black bear cubs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cherokee National Forest and counties neighboring the parks.
In the past year, ABR has placed 40 GPS tracking devices on bear cups. The tracking devices communicate with satellite every three hours to update the precise movements of the bears. Every 12 hours, the tracking data is stored in the collars and is transmitted to a laptop computer.
The GPS collars contain activity sensors that are able to detect if a bear has passed away or gone into hibernation. They are also outfitted with traditional VHF radio telemetry, which provides a more precise fix on the location of the bears.
Coy Blair, a wildlife graduate student at the University of Tennessee, is leading the GPS tracking study of the bears. He is also a curator for the ABR. Blair said that the group takes data from the GPS technology and overlays that data with different map layers.
This allows the group to get a better idea of where the bears are spending the bulk of their time – either in a forest or in an urban location. This information will allow the group to learn more about the size of the home range of the bears. This will also give them a better understanding of the survival rates of the bears.
Wine can be quite the investment for some people. Moving it, can be a tricky proposition too, which is where you come into the picture. Whether you’re moving wine for businesses or households, the odds are good that your wine delivery company can benefit greatly from GPS fleet tracking services – in all these ways and more.
Some wine bottles are very high value item. Over the years, numerous bottles have managed to “go missing” during transition. Whether stolen off the trucks while drivers were fueling up or having lunch or helped off the trucks by unscrupulous drivers, the end result is the same. GPS asset tracking can be used to track the GPS locations of individual bottles of wine. This allows you to receive a message anytime the bottles leave the truck so that you know instantly when a bottle (or many bottles) goes missing.
Whether you suspect a driver of helping bottles off your trucks or not, driver monitoring is about so much more than suspected theft of wine bottles. GPS fleet tracking allows you to make sure your drivers are not deviating from the prescribed route, obeying speed limit laws, and not driving aggressively. This helps to prevent unscheduled breaks, running personal errands on company time, and using your vehicles for deliveries on the side (moonlighting).
Delivery times can be of critical importance to professionals and businesses who have little time to wait around for their shipments to arrive. GPS fleet tracking allows you to provide more accurate delivery windows based on traffic, weather, and other mitigating factors. By keeping drivers on course and on schedule it can be a real benefit with customers who are fed up with inaccurate delivery windows from other businesses.
Reduce Wine Transportation Costs
Finally, your business can save a great deal of money. GPS tracking, particularly asset tracking for the bottles themselves can help to reduce your insurance costs. Driver monitoring can help ensure drivers are working fewer overtime hours, ensuring lower labor costs. And, GPS fleet tracking can help you find the most fuel efficient routes to your delivery destinations, resulting in lower fuel costs. One final benefit is that GPS fleet tracking can be used to schedule routine maintenance for vehicles resulting in better states of repair and lower costs of repairs and out of service vehicles over the lifetime of your various trucks.
All in all, wine delivery businesses, perhaps more than many other businesses, can benefit greatly from GPS fleet tracking. Why haven’t you invested in this vital technology for your business? Call us here at 1-888-544-0494 at LiveView GPS to find out more.