Construction equipment thefts on the rise, Greenville PD warns

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GREENVILLE, SC – It’s hard to measure up to an honest day’s work.
 
Several carpenters went to work Friday, helping construct a new home in the North Main area. 
 
But as the cut wood and dug into the soil, they were also forced watched their backs.
 
“If you notice somebody who is driving around that usually is not supposed to be there, somebody’s planning something,” explained Felix Denishchich, a local carpenter.
 
Denishchich, his brother, and his son Josh, all said although they’ve never been targeted by thieves in the past, they have heard horror stories about people who have.
 
“They were about ready to move in so they already put a lot of tools, a lot of personal belongings, and all of that was taken like the next day.,” explained Felix, referring to colleagues in the business in Spartanburg, “They came and everything was emptied out.”
 
“Not even 5, 6 minutes in, you lost $500-$600 worth of tools in that split second,” Josh said, recounting an overnight shift he had in Atlanta.
 
Mistakes like those, they said, they’ve learned from.
 
“I take all of my tools back home with me,” said Felix.
 
Precautions are worthwhile, according to Greenville Police who are warning of construction-related thefts on the rise in the city.
 
According to Lt. Billy Albert, people who are renovating homes and businesses are also targeted in addition to larger-scale construction sites.
 
“We’ll get work vans broken into, or the tool boxes on the back of work trucks,” he said.  “It’s really quite an expense to the people building down here.”
 
In addition to locking up equipment and bringing it home, or even adding surveillance cameras, Greenville Police are offering a Directed Patrol service so people can register a property and have an officer check on it while they’re away.
 
“We’ll get that information out to the officers and they’ll check on it in their down time,” explained Lt. Albert.
 
To add an address to the Greenville Police Department’s Directed Patrol Service, call their non-emergency line at 864-271-5333.

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