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Why Keeping Equipment On Hire this Easter Can Make Your Life Easier

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As the Easter Bank Holiday approaches, you may be considering what equipment you currently have on site and how you can keep it safe and secure over the Easter break. 

Many customers are concerned about security and the potential for theft and damage whilst they are away from site. But A-Plant offer a range of security solutions to help ensure your equipment remains in excellent condition and is ready to go when you return to site. Read on to discover a few sensible reasons why keeping your equipment on hire this Easter is an excellent option…

A-Trak Telematics and CESAR Datatag identification are at the cutting edge of equipment security technology.

Most of our plant, over 7,000 items in fact, are fitted with A-Trak Telematics and CESAR datatag identification. A-Trak is an innovative GPS satellite tracking system and fleet management tool which helps to avoid plant theft and gives customers complete control over their equipment, 24/7.  

A-Trak provides customers with full visibility of their equipment; by logging into a dedicated web portal via the A-Plant Extranet, users can set up a ‘virtual fence’ around their equipment. If the equipment moves beyond this designated location, they will be alerted by text message or email and can then immobilise the equipment directly from their mobile phone! When customers are away from site, they can check the exact location of their equipment at anytime to provide peace of mind and reassurance that equipment is accounted for.  A-Trak also allows users to generate an aerial photograph of their site, including a map tracing the movement of the equipment.

Equipment typically fitted with the telematic system includes compressors, dumpers, mini-excavators, telehandlers and generators. Impressively, 95% of stolen plant fitted with A-Trak has been recovered, compared to the industry average of just 5%! We think this is a record to be proud of and we want more of our customers to benefit from this impressive technology. Perhaps you are not yet fully utilising this resource to help settle some of your security concerns? If you are not already familiar with A-Trak, get in touch with our team to help unlock the benefits, which, alongside the security features, include access to over 5,000 other pieces of critical information on your equipment, such as fuel and battery levels, ignition status and fuel efficiency.

A-Plant Telehandler

Don’t off-hire equipment, hire in secure storage!

Rather than off-hiring equipment over the Easter break, have you considered if hiring some secure site storage would provide a more cost- effective solution?  We stock a wide range of secure storage options to keep your equipment safe from thieves. From the traditional and compact secure container units ideal for smaller pieces of equipment, to the larger stores which can be combined with our other accommodation units to provide a total site solution; there is an option for sites of all sizes.

Of course, safely storing your equipment also protects it from any adverse weather conditions and means you can rest-assured that it will remain in excellent condition when you return.  Check out our recent blog post here, which details some of the secure site storage options available.

Secure site storage hire

A-Guard Insurance; an insurance policy tailor made for you.

In order to hire equipment from A-Plant you will need to demonstrate you have the relevant insurance against theft.  To help make this process more straightforward and manageable for our customers, we have developed A-Guard Insurance.

A-Guard Insurance has been devised in conjunction with HAE (Hire Association Europe) Insurance Services and specialists HSB Engineering Insurance Ltd, so it is specially designed for the hire industry. This means our customers don’t have to go to third-party insurers and can instead access a convenient and cost-effective in-house solution, perfect for when time is of the essence and you need the equipment fast!

A-Guard provides cover for up to £100,000 for any one incident, with no single item limit and a low excess starting from as little as £25.  Available for only 15% of the hire rate of the equipment, there are fewer restrictions under the A-Guard policy compared to most standard contractors' Plant and Contract Work policies.

So, if the worst does happen and your equipment is stolen or damaged, you can rest assured that you are fully covered with the best possible policy that is designed specifically for you.

Get in Touch with our Team to find out more!

We may just be able to reassure you that with our cutting-edge equipment security technology, your equipment can remain safe and secure whilst you are away from site. Our team will always look to find the most economical solution that will also enhance overall site security, allowing you to focus on the important things this Easter, such as time with your family… and excessive chocolate consumption of course!


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