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Surveying Equipment Theft Prevention Advice

Surveying Equipment Theft Prevention Advice

Theft of surveying equipment is a major problem for those in the industry, costing thousands of pounds each year and causing delays for companies. There are a number of steps you can take to reduce the chances of this theft occurring. Even a job located inside an enclosed building site can provide a false sense of security, so it is important to remain vigilant. Additional physical security advice can be found at


When travelling & working on site consider the following;


  • Pay attention to your surroundings - is anyone paying attention to you, your vehicle or your business premises?
  • Is there anyone paying undue attention to your job location?
  • Make a note of vehicle registrations and/or person descriptions.
  • Be careful when setting up on site. Try not to set up where a vehicle or moped can pull up and snatch the device.


  • Keep an eye on your equipment at all times. If possible work with another colleague present.
  • If you need to stop your vehicle on your travels, ensure someone stays with the vehicle or try to keep it under close observation.
  • When you are on site, stay with your equipment at all times - preferably no more than a few steps away.


  • Use a locking device to secure your equipment on site.
  • When storing a device in your vehicle, ensure it is out of sight and securely fixed within the vehicle.
  • Ensure the device is forensically marked or tagged and fitted with a GPS tracker
  • Any device fitted with a GPS tracker or forensically marked should be clearly labelled to show this to act as a further deterrent to thieves

When storing your device consider the following;

  • Devices should be locked in a standalone storage unit, within a secure room, on your premises. Standalone storage units should be to the standard of LPS 1175 SR2
  • Alternately, secure with two points of locking to a Sold Secure Gold ground anchor and chain, within a secure room.
  • Any secure room or store should be internal to the main building. Doors to the room should be to one of the following standards - LPS 1175 SR2 or STS 202 BR2. The walls around the storage must be robust & resistant to manual attack or damage.
  • Install a CCTV system. For advice and approved suppliers of CCTV visit the National Security Inspectorate and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.