The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies said it is making iteasier for clients to register their construction equipment withthe National Equipment Register (NER) as a theft deterrentmove.

Insurance companies routinely register equipment thefts withNER. Chubb said in response to the rising cost of equipment thefts,it is making it easier for policyholders to register heavycontractors' equipment with NER in advance of any theft.

Chubb will pay the cost of registering the first 10 pieces ofequipment. NER registration fees for items over the initial 10 willbe reduced by 20 percent for Chubb policyholders under theinsurer's arrangement with NER.

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