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Construction Site Thefts on the Rise

Posted June 27, 2007

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— From Wake to Granville to Cumberland County, thieves are targeting construction sites more and more.

Cary is the latest area of concern where police say thieves hit sites about once every two and a half days. That’s more than double the number of thefts two years ago.

Everette Austin was a victim of theft on Tuesday when his truck was stolen, along with all his equipment inside.

“Saws, tools, all kinds of carpentry tools,” Austin said. “My truck was almost full. You couldn’t hardly get in the back of the pick-up truck."

As part of his job, Austin said he gets in and out of his truck about 30 to 40 times per day. So, he leaves his truck doors open and the keys in the ignition. It was this lack of security that left him without a truck.

“You got to go down and get tools, do this and go back. It’s a typical thing. A lot of construction people do it,” he said.

But leaving trucks unlocked is the exact thing police urge people not to do.

“One of the things that people can simply do in a lot of these cases it to very visibly mark their tools so they’re not something that someone wants, because it’s so obvious that it’s someone’s property. And lock things up,” said Cary Police Capt. David Wulff.

Construction supervisors said sometimes that's easier said than done.

Scott Marrow, with CPI Security Systems, said some of the larger vendors with electrical goods, shingles, siding and other items have to leave them at the site.

“It’s unfortunate, but sometimes they do disappear,” Marrow said.

And with so much development, workers said it's no wonder job site thefts are on the rise.

Police said they can always use the public's help around construction sites. If you see something that looks out of place, call your local police department.

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  • Humungous Jun 29, 2007

    If you want to look for tools and other things that are missing, look in the local pawn shops. I found a missing company ladder valued at $275.00 at Arrow Pawn Jewelry Audio
    Address: 1541 US Highway 70 W, Garner, NC 27529
    Phone: (919) 662-5244.
    A clue it was ours was the white three-inch letters on an orange background bearing our company name facing outward. The place was full of tools bearing the names of individuals and company names from around the Triangle.
    It seems pawn shops are quite a viable "fence" for thieves where not too many questions are asked, and if they are, they're not verified as was in the case of our 24' ladder. A call to our company would have been the "right thing to do." You would think a detective would look there too, but then again, maybe we're assuming too much.

  • JennyT Jun 29, 2007

    When I bought a new home 5 years ago, the builder said it was the other builders stealing stuff from each other.

  • mstrspydog Jun 28, 2007

    I know that some builders (commercial and residential) are using CCTV systems in the cary - morrisville,and fayetteville areas. From what I've seen thosesites have seen a marked drop in the number of thefts; and the thefts that do happen have been solved or has given the police a suspect in the thefts.

  • Maj. T.J. Kong Jun 28, 2007

    Yeah! Call Securitas Security!! That way the suspects can steal the construction material AND rob the security guard!! Sweeeeeeet!

  • the alliance Jun 28, 2007

    Call Securitas Security at 919-678-8138, tell them you need security protection. Tell em Henry M. sent you. They will take care of that.

  • WXYZ Jun 28, 2007

    This is not "new" news. I've been in Wake County 25 years in construction and Wake county has been and still is one of the worst places for construction site theft. This is because much of construction labor consists of ex-cons, illegal mexicans and alcoholics--what do you expect?

  • Maj. T.J. Kong Jun 28, 2007

    The title of this story confused me. I was wondering how one could steal a construction site.

  • jcrew1979 Jun 28, 2007

    I NEVER leave my car unlocked. I mean I take the keys out and lock it when I get gas! You can't trust anybody these days.

  • TruthIsSubjective Jun 28, 2007

    I can't take the time to read a response that is in all caps. It's hard on the eyes.

  • likemenow Jun 28, 2007

    little louder please

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