It is a £1 billion industry. It is run by hundreds of dedicated men and women, makes use of heavy equipment, and embraces the very latest in technology.
But this industry is not construction; it is plant theft. And it is costing UK construction and demolition companies millions in lost equipment, lost production and elevated insurance premiums.
According to industry experts, more than £1 million of equipment is stolen from UK sites each week. Factor in the loss of production, cost of replacement equipment and the resulting hike in insurance costs and the £1 billion per year estimate might even be conservative.
Our friends over at Demolition TV has spent the past month researching the issue of plant and equipment theft and have very kindly allowed us to publish the resulting show here.