Loader (Skid Steer)

AKA: Uniloader, Skid Steer

Loader (Skid Steer)

Identification Areas

  1. On upper portion of front post of ROPS, may be either left or right side.
  2. In operator’s area, on either side or in the middle (usually near the operator’s knees while seated).
  3. On rear upright below loader arm mounting point, may be in the interior of the channel shape of the rear upright.
  4. On outside face of the loader arm upright, may be on either side.
  5. On upper portion of front post of ROPS, may be either left or right side.
  6. On body of machine, visible below the loader arm and above the fender. May be somewhat obscured by the loader hydraulic lines (usually left side of machine).
  7. On interior facing vertical surface of rear upright, may be on either left or right side.

Common Manufacturers

Bobcat, Case, Caterpillar, Gehl, JCB, Takeuchi, Thomas.

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Theft indicators

An awareness of the following indicators will help focus attention on suspicious equipment during routine stops, patrols and investigations.


Time: Equipment being transported between 2000-0500 hrs or on weekends or holidays. Equipment theft most often happens at these times and contractors are unlikely to pay overtime if it can be avoided. (Note: exception – in large metropolitan areas equipment is sometimes moved in the early mornings to avoid traffic).

Things to watch out for

  • Equipment being hauled on vehicles not designed to haul such equipment.
  • New equipment on old transport.
  • Trade plates on the vehicle.
  • Haulier is using agricultural (red (UK) or green (Irish)) diesel, or any other illegal fuel, in their vehicle.
  • Haulier vehicle has no company livery.
  • The labels/markings on the equipment do not match those of the vehicle carrying or hauling it.
  • The Ministry Number is missing from the haulier’s trailer.

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