Loading Shovel

AKA: Loader, Skip Loader, Rubber Tired Loader, Wheel Loader, Articulated Loader, Tool Carrier

Loading Shovel

Identification Areas

  1. On loader arm mounting structure or frame, forward of articulation joint, left or right side.
  2. Inside operator’s area on instrument panel, console, or seat pedestal.
  3. On frame to the rear of articulation joint, left or right side.

Common Manufacturers

Caterpillar, Daewoo, Hyundai, Komatsu, New Holland, Volvo.

Equipment Selector


Combine Harvester




Excavator (Mini)

Forklift (Rough Terrain)

Forklift (Warehouse)


Loader (Backhoe)

Loader (Skid Steer)

Loading Shovel

Quad Bike





Tractor (Compact)

Tractor (Lawn)

Trailer (Flat-bed)

Trailer (Horse)


Utility Cart

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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