Multiquip Inc. last week announced that it will register equipment it sells with the National Equipment Register to help its customers combat equipment theft. NER is a database company dedicated to helping equipment owners deter theft and recover stolen equipment. The partnership strictly limits NER’s use of this information to helping a police officer identify the true owner of a machine 24 hours a day.
Roger Euliss, president of Multiquip, explained that he has followed NER’s progress over the past few years and is impressed.
“Before taking this step we consulted with our customers and the associations that represent them,” said Euliss. “I received nothing but strong encouragement to move forward with this initiative and I would strongly encourage other manufacturers to follow suit. Equipment thieves have held the upper hand for too long and we, as manufacturers, now have an opportunity to take back the initiative from the thieves before the problem grows to a level where regulation and registration is forced upon our customers.”
“NER has helped recover over $13 million of stolen equipment by providing law enforcement with the information that they need to quickly identify a machine and its owner at any time of night or day,” said David Shillingford, president of NER. “Although NER has millions of records already, this partnership guarantees identification for any Multiquip machine and it is natural that police will be encouraged to look at more Multiquip machines due to the greater likelihood of success.”
Chris Wehrman, CEO of the American Rental Association, applauded this move by Multiquip, noting that ARA has worked with NER to bring NER’s services to an industry heavily impacted by equipment theft.
Headquartered in Carson, Calif., Multiquip is a supplier of compaction equipment, concrete and masonry cutters, placing and finishing products, power generation equipment, dewatering pumps, lighting solutions and other construction equipment.