NER Joins Forces with Home Depot to Combat Equipment Theft

NEW YORK, N.Y., February 13, 2008 — National Equipment Register (NER) today announced an agreement to provide Home Depot with services to help deter theft of the home improvement retailer’s rental equipment fleet and increase the recovery rate of its stolen equipment.

NER, a member of the ISO family of companies, provides ownership information to law enforcement agencies seeking to identify suspicious construction and farm equipment. NER ownership records are available for law enforcement to use when attempting to identify missing equipment.

Each piece of equipment in Home Depot’s rental fleet will be marked with NER decals that clearly warn thieves that the equipment is registered on a national database used extensively by law enforcement. The decal informs potential criminals that the chances of being detected while moving, storing, or selling the equipment are greatly increased.

“With Home Depot’s equipment fleet now added to NER’s database, NER and law enforcement will be able to identify equipment belonging to Home Depot — even before a theft is reported,” said David Shillingford, president of NER. “If the decal is removed, the equipment is still registered on our database and can be readily identified.”

Lisa Richardson, Home Depot’s senior manager of tool rental operations, said that Home Depot, like all equipment rental companies, has been hit hard by thieves. 

“We know that by registering with NER, it will be easier to recover stolen equipment,” said Richardson. “We want to make it harder for thieves to steal, and we want to protect our assets. Using NER increases the availability of rental tools for Home Depot’s customers.”

“We use a layered approach to protect our equipment,” added Richardson. “NER is very affordable, and it has proven to be an extremely effective part of the solution.”

About NER
The mission of National Equipment Register, Inc. (NER®) is to increase the recovery rate of stolen equipment and reduce the costs associated with theft for owners and insurers. NER, an ISO company, combines systems, staff, and procedures to provide secure and accurate information services to law enforcement, insurers, equipment owners, and the equipment industry. Operations revolve around its databases of stolen equipment and equipment ownership, NER operators, and training and awareness programs. For more information, please contact NER at (212) 297-1805 or by e-mail at info@nerusa.com. You can also visit their website at www.nerusa.com.

About ISO
A leading source of information about risk, ISO provides data, analytics, and decision-support services to professionals in many fields, including insurance, finance, real estate, health services, government, human resources, and risk management. Using advanced technologies to collect, analyze, develop, and deliver information, ISO helps customers evaluate and manage risk. The company draws on vast expertise in actuarial science, insurance coverages, fire protection, fraud prevention, catastrophe and weather risk, predictive modeling, data management, economic forecasting, social and technological trends, and many other fields. To meet the needs of diverse clients, ISO employs an experienced staff of business and technical specialists, analysts, and certified professionals. In the United States and around the world, ISO helps customers protect people, property, and financial assets.

Release: Immediate

Contacts:
Giuseppe Barone / Erica Helton
MWW Group (for ISO)
201-507-9500
gbarone@mww.com / ehelton@mww.com

Stacy Kaufman
Director of Marketing, NER
212-297-1805
skaufman@nerusa.com

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