reported by For Construction Pros: When the economy took a dive in 2008, many equipment owners worried they would see an increase in theft as it became more difficult for many to acquire equipment through honest means. It turned out, however, that theft did not actually increase with the down economy. Instead, it grew as economic recovery gained momentum. Today, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) estimates almost $1 billion worth of construction equipment is stolen each year, and much of it is rented. What can you do to protect your investment?