Preventing Log Splitter Theft

20 Sep 2018

Despite the fact that log splitters are heavy equipment, the news is constantly filled with stories about their thefts. Considering some of them can easily cost $10,000 or more, it’s no wonder that they make tempting targets for thieves.

Combine that with the fact that far too many owners leave them open and accessible and it can make for costly mistakes and errors.

How Big is the Log Splitter Theft Problem?

One news story had a thief pushing the stolen hydraulic wood splitter across a Home Depot parking after cutting the chain the store used to secure the splitter. The Bangor Daily News theft is only one of many others reported involving log splitter.

Even Crime Stoppers has gotten in on the picture in Dalhousie Township, seeking answers in Ontario, concerning the theft of a wood splitter and offering a $2,000 reward, according to Inside Ottawa Valley. One thing all these news stories indicate is that wood and log splitters make attractive targets to thieves, and businesses that use or sell these products must take measures to protect them.

How Can You Prevent Log Splitter Theft?

One of the simplest solutions is to discourage the theft of your log splitters in any way possible. This includes the following types of things:

  • Keep it out of sight. Out of sight, after all, is out of mind. Consider using tarps, camo netting, or storing your log splitter where others can’t see it.
  • Lock them down. This isn’t simply about chaining them up at night but chaining them to something permanent they can’t easily be removed from. Many thieves simply load them onto waiting vehicles and drive away with them.
  • Consider removing the wheels when not moving it. This can help deter would-be thieves.
  • Make your log splitters easily identifiable with markings, logos, branding, etchings etc. It’s the little things, like this, that make them unattractive to thieves.
  • Consider GPS equipment tracking GPS asset trackers may not prevent thefts from occurring but can be instrumental in recovering your stolen property.

Using GPS tracking for log splitters allows you to have information sent to you via email or text message if your log splitter moves outside of designated hours or goes beyond assigned geographic barriers. Plus, it allows you to follow your wood splitter in real time to assist law enforcement in its recovery.

Preventing theft is half the battle. Having a system in place that aids in the recovery of costly equipment, like log splitters, after they’ve been stolen adds another layer of protection for your heavy equipment.

GPS tracking is an ideal tool to use in cases like these because it is easy to conceal and leads law enforcement right to your stolen equipment. Everyone wins — except those who tried to take what was yours.

Call us here at LiveViewGPS at 1-888-544-0494 and we can help you choose the right GPS tracking device for your log splitter.

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