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Cops remind contractors to lock up equipment

BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge police are reminding contractors to remain vigilant about protecting their equipment after thieves hit three construction sites last month.On May 17, Breckenridge police officers took a report of a chop box and table saw stolen from a site located in the Highlands. The tools were taken from an unlocked garage, and the victim believed it would take at least two people to remove the tools, which together are valued at $1,385, according to Breckenridge detective Amy Nordeen.The second theft was reported two days later, and also occurred at a construction site in the Highlands. This time, 27 sheets of plywood valued at about $775 were taken. On Tuesday, a third theft in the Highlands subdivision was reported. This time, the owner of a construction company discovered that someone had stolen an air compressor from an unfinished house on Long Ridge Street. The compressor was locked, but it appeared that somebody had cut the lock with a pair of bolt cutters, according to the police report.While construction site thefts were down in Breckenridge last year, in 2004 thieves hit contractors across the county for $100,000 worth of equipment.In hopes of preventing a repeat scenario, Nordeen is trying to get the word out about construction site thefts. She has worked with the Summit County Builders Association to distribute a memo to all of its members, and every contractor who comes to town hall for a permit receives a brochure on theft awareness.No thefts from construction sites have been reported this spring in Silverthorne, but the police department is being proactive about prevention nonetheless.It’s having signs made that will be hung in the Three Peaks area, which historically has been a neighborhood hit by construction thefts, said community services officer Tanya Beyer. The police department will also place signs in other construction-heavy areas of town.The signs, which will say something along the lines of “Site of theft prevention” are meant to deter thieves, Beyer said.”What we’re going for is the whole neighborhood watch thing,” Beyer said.Signs should start popping up in the next few weeks.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at Detective Amy Nordeen suggest contractors follow these guidelines to prevent thefts:- Report thefts in progress- Report all thefts, regardless of dollar value or size- Know your neighbors and ask them to report suspicious activity- Secure equipment in a quality lock box- Lock equipment and materials in home if possible- If equipment cannot be secured, remove from site each day- Keep records of serial numbers/model numbers of tools and equipment- Install a temporary fence- Install surveillance equipment- Hire a security guard- Keep records of employees’ names, addresses, vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers- Create employee photo IDs- Educate your employees of the problem and ask them to report suspicious circumstances to police: (970) 668-8600

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