We have noticed a spate of fraudulent hires in recent months, particularly in the North West region. Fraudulent hires can take a number of guises but one of the latest techniques is professional gangs setting up new businesses and building up credit history based on small, legitimately paid hires. After several small hires, the bogus company goes on to hire larger, higher value equipment and the plant hirer sets up an account so the company is invoiced on account. It is at this point they can vanish without a trace – along with the kit they have hired!
Other scenarios could include someone ringing up a hire desk, claiming they are from the local council or an organisation such as the Environment Agency. They may spin a whole web of lies saying they are carrying out emergency repairs and an official order number is to follow. They may request for the equipment to be delivered to a public drop-off point and it is only when the order number is chased does it become apparent that the employee is not on their payroll and their mobile number is no longer in use. The equipment, meanwhile, is long gone.
With our head office based in Denton, Manchester, AMI Group is leading the fight against plant theft in the North West region and across the whole of the UK. A significant proportion of the plant thefts reported to us occur in the Greater Manchester area, and we are able to recover stolen plant machinery thanks to the installation of our high tech tracking devices.
We offer a range of tracking systems – from wireless, battery operated units which have a battery life of up to 20 years and can be transferred from machine to machine in minutes, to wired-in fleet management solutions which can not only locate stolen equipment, but also help reduce business costs and fuel consumption by strategic management and monitoring of fleet activities.