The Ontario Provincial Police estimates that each year between $15 and $20 million worth of heavy construction equipment is stolen. The OSWCA has been heavily involved in the area of theft prevention and stolen equipment recovery for its members. The Association encourages Ontarians to report suspicious activity around construction sites during the evening and on weekends. The OSWCA has also offered to double any award given by Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest for stolen equipment.

The Association's Combatting Heavy Equipment Theft Guidebook is distributed to OSWCA members and to police agencies in Canada and the US. This guidebook is designed to assist law enforcement officers in the location of Vehicle Identification Numbers (V.I.N.) on construction equipment. You can download this manual by clicking on the button below.

The OSWCA has also produced "Crimestoppers" decals for member contractors to put on their equipment. To order decals, please contact the Association office directly (our contact information is in the website footer below).

The Stolen Heavy Construction Equipment Bulletin (see button below) has been created by the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association to curb the ever-rising criminal activity of theft of heavy construction equipment. You can access the list of recent thefts, report a new theft, order decals, learn about theft prevention tips, and more. Additionally, you can contact OSWCA's Equipment Theft Consultant, Kevin Shelp at or by phone at 705-794-5764.