ESTA Fraud and Theft Prevention

Welcome to Rental Guard 

ESTA's RENTAL GUARD is an alert system that has proven effective in preventing fraud and theft, and locating stolen equipment. It enables the world-wide network of professional rental companies to list missing/stolen equipment, share information about how thefts are occurring, gain intelligence about potential new customers, and report and receive information on questionable customers.

Anyone may receive theft alerts and report stolen equipment free of charge. You must register to receive the email alerts.

You must be an ESTA (or ASPEC, part of PLASA) Member to post, receive or respond to a New Customer Inquiry.

Anyone may post a Questionable Customer Alert but you must be an ESTA (or ASPEC) Member to receive them.

Become an ESTA Member

ESTA is a non-profit trade association whose members are responsible for creating some of the most important programs in the industry. The Production Equipment Rental Group (PERG) is a special interest group within ESTA serving the film and digital community.

Learn more about PERG

Click here for membership information.


Before you rent, buy, or service equipment, check to see if it has been reported stolen with a simple search. Avoid becoming an innocent victim.


If you suffer a theft, post your loss and an alert will be sent to all subscribers. Your posting will be viewed by those who may come into contact with stolen equipment such as service centers, rental houses, and brokers.

New Customer Inquiry

Get help from fellow ESTA (and ASPEC) Members when evaluating new customers by checking references beyond those listed on their application.

Questionable Customer Alert

If you’ve turned down a rental because red flags were raised, alert ESTA (and ASPEC) Members so they can use extra care if also approached.

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