Today is #WorldPlumbingDay, a special time to recognize the essential role that plumbers play in our everyday lives! Plumbers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, from installing and repairing pipes and fixtures to maintaining drainage systems. Without their hard work and dedication, our water and sewage systems would be at risk of damage and contamination, putting the health and safety of our homes and businesses in jeopardy.
Unfortunately, equipment theft for plumbers is on the rise in America. According to the National Equipment Register, a company that tracks equipment theft, the number of reported thefts of plumbing equipment has increased by 42% since 2016. The cost of stolen plumbing equipment has also steadily increased, with the average loss per theft now topping $9,000. Plumbers are increasingly being targeted by criminals, as their tools are often expensive and easier to sell on the black market. Plumbers are particularly vulnerable to these thefts because of the nature of their work, as they often leave equipment unattended while on job sites. Furthermore, the lack of security in many locations makes it easy for thieves to sneak away with tools, equipment and vehicles.
Theft of plumber assets can be devasting to a business. This is especially true for small businesses that may not have the resources to replace the stolen items quickly. Theft of equipment can lead to delays in completing projects, lost revenue, and increased costs due to needing to replace stolen items.
To combat this issue, plumbers should consider investing in security systems, such as asset-protection solutions, to monitor their equipment, as well as taking extra precaution when leaving the equipment at the job site.
Plumbing companies and other contractors with light- and medium-duty vehicles are increasingly implementing asset management and other telematics systems for monitoring equipment. Not only does this help track unauthorized use, but it can also assist in recovering stolen equipment. Ryken offers plumbers real-time visibility to powered and unpowered assets, sends notifications when unauthorized movement is detected, and provides powerful tools for risk mitigation and recoveries. Furthermore, Ryken’s Satellite Asset Tracking Solution is a proven asset-protection system with no contracts and no reoccurring monthly fees.
You can learn more about how to protect your valuables at: RykenGPS.com/Plumbers
On this special day, we’d like to take a moment to thank all the professional plumbers out there for their hard work and dedication. Your commitment to your craft helps keep our homes and businesses safe and functioning properly. You are the unsung heroes of our daily lives, and we appreciate you!