Waterloo Regional Police are issuing a warning to those in the construction industry after receiving several reports concerning theft of tools and equipment from construction sites throughout Waterloo Region.

In September, 29 reports were received concerning break and enters to commercial and construction sites. Tools and heavy equipment, including a Smooth Drum Roller valued at approximately $100,000, were taken.

Waterloo Regional Police would like to remind those in the construction industry to take measures to protect their tools and equipment. Its recommended that owners of these items put a specific mark on the tools that is difficult to remove so it can be identified if recovered. As well, its suggested that an inventory be kept with all the serial numbers of tools and that the tools are secured in a place that is difficult for a thief to get to. Construction sites should also be well lit and secured with fences and gates. Its also recommended that sites be checked on regularly by security or crew members.

If members of the construction industry are ever approached by someone looking to sell tools on site, they are asked to contact police. Members of the public are also encouraged to call police immediately if they witness any suspicious activity around construction site areas.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-653-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.