Jamie Warren was dejected, but not surprised when he went into work Thursday at a north London construction place and found a broken latch on his trailer and hundreds of dollars worth of girls equipment.
«Not again,» said Warren, who installs windows, doors and siding.
It’s the fourth ever this year thieves have broken into one of his trailers and the 10th in the aftermost three years.
In fact, London police are reporting an increase in construction place thefts with about 60 incidents in 2016. Halfway washing ones hands of this year, police said 69 thefts have already been give an account of.
Peder Madsen, the president of the London Home Builder’s Association, answered a boom in construction in the city could be the reason for a spike in thefts.
«It’s a mere busy season for the whole industry,» he said. «People are hearing that construction is up so if child want to take advantage of that they may see that now is a good often.»
«(Construction workers) are fed up. You take your trailer home and it still hits broken into. You leave it on site and it still gets broken into. You buy new pawns and the next couple of nights go by and it gets broken into,» Warren responded. «The losses are mounting up.»
Losses hurting livelihoods
In the late, Geddes Ken and Son Windows and Doors, which is the London-based company Warren het up b prepares for, has lost compressors and equipment worth more than $20,000.
Just this week the convention lost $600 worth of drills, battery chargers and extension twines.
It all adds up to a hefty out-of-pocket expense for workers trying to make a enduring.
«It hurts that’s for sure,» said Phill Bosch, a framer with A and B Construction in London who has teemed $6,000 of out-out-pocket expenses to help offset theft costs for his public limited company. «That money is supposed to go toward feeding my family and taking disquiet of my family.»
Wayne Parry, the owner of Parry Homes overseeing 10 construction sites in Lucan, is pull down weekly reports of equipment thefts.
He said the losses often advance back building competition dates.
«If (construction workers) lose their gizmos then they’re not working and therefore I’m not moving on with my process,» he bring to light. «I can’t close my houses on time, or I can’t get my houses completed on time because of gizmos like tools being stolen or material being stolen.»
Increasing security measures
Warren has had to takings extra security measures by installing additional locks and monitoring cameras.
He’s precise considering hauling his trailer home every day, which would mercenary spending more money on fuel.
He’s advising neighbours in construction areas to be observant.
«If someone’s hanging around near a trailer at night they’re perhaps not supposed to be there.»