Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Contractors: Secure Your Trucks, You Hockey Pucks!

Sorry, I couldn't resist a tip of the cap to Don Rickles.

I received this report from Jody Hibbs of the Plumbing & Mechanical Professionals of Virginia, http://pmpv.org/. Many contractors report that the "hockey puck" locks are a great theft deterrent. The report below is more proof of that statement.

Contractors should note that most policies require some proof of forced entry in order to trigger theft coverage. If tools are stolen from an unlocked truck, then your insurance may deny the claim. Whether or not you use a "hockey puck," make sure your employees are locking those trucks when they park.

Here's the report from the PMPV:

It has been brought to our attention that one of our members had 10 vehicles broken into in his yard over the weekend. All of his vehicles are equipped with “hockey puck” locks, and the two vans that had those locks in use, were left undisturbed. All of the vehicles that WERE broken into, the locks had not been engaged on the trucks.

This is a reminder of how important it is that your employees properly secure their vehicles at all time, and if you do not have specialty locks on your vehicles, now would be the time to consider it.

Jody Hibbs is the Executive Director of the Plumbing & Mechanical Professionals of Virginia. She can be reached at 800-947-7450, info@pmpv.org, if you have any questions about PMPV. They are a great organization.

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