The report draws on data from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the NICB, and NER to provide a comprehensive analysis of heavy-equipment theft during the year.
In 2010, the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) received 13,374 theft reports. In descending order, the five states with the most incidents of heavy-equipment theft were Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. Together, those five states accounted for 43 percent of total equipment theft. Rounding out the top ten were California, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Ohio. These top ten states accounted for 61 percent of all thefts.
In 2010, 19 percent of heavy equipment stolen was recovered.
“Recovering stolen equipment and identifying the rightful owners remains a challenge,” said Joe Wehrle, NICB president and CEO. “Improved equipment registration, theft reporting, and law enforcement training have shown encouraging signs of success, and we’re confident the numbers will continue to improve.”