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Stolen Forklift Shows Importance of Security

Forklift security was again in the news recently, which goes to show just how critical the issue has become.

This latest incident happened not far from New York City, out on Long Island. Local police are asking for the public’s help in finding a forklift thief.

Here’s what happened: a yellow forklift went missing last week (Monday) between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. from a parking spot near a building in Riverhead.

Police think a team of thieves (probably 2-3 people) used a flatbed tow truck with a white cab to remove a Caterpillar forklift. The gold and black Caterpillar brand forklift (model # V30D), was parked at Bejay Auto Parts/ Carquest, located at 1312 East Main Street in Riverhead.

To steal a forklift in broad daylight means that security at the facility was very poor. Forklift thefts usually take place late at night or early in the morning. And they happen more often than you would think. Forklift parts and other components are sold to scrap yards for money, or the forklift will be moved to another area to be used in regular capacity. These are only a few reasons forklifts are stolen, so having your warehouse or work area secure is very important.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has offered up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.

To avoid situations like this on in Riverhead, offers the best online tools available anywhere. This includes sensible security measures, along with other common sense (yet often ignored) concepts and practices to help your become OSHA compliant.

Sign up today to become certified, or schedule retraining classes. We can be reached (888) 278-8896, and the FLC contact page has more information. Don’t settle for second best – choose the best forklift training classes for you and your company – go with FLC!
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