Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Haul of stolen plant machinery recovered with TRACKER Plant

Police in Chorley, Staffordshire has recovered £300,000 worth of plant machinery, thanks to TRACKER. Police on the trail of a stolen vehicle, used its fitted TRACKER device to follow the signal to a remote farm, which led to the discovery of a haul of machinery and resulted in the arrest of three people. Large items of plant were found on the farm, including JCB diggers, Caterpillar vehicles, road rollers and forklift trucks, as well as an assortment of smaller items such as generators.

Using VHF and GPS technology, TRACKER’s SVR system enables the police to pin-point a stolen vehicle, whether it is hidden in a container or lock-up. To date TRACKER has recovered more than 19,500 stolen vehicles - worth a staggering £428 million - since 1993. Each month TRACKER helps to recover an average £2million worth of stolen vehicles.

Inspector Dave Challinor, commander of Burntwood neighbourhood policing unit said, “It was a good partnership, working with TRACKER and the police. This is a really good recovery of property believed to be stolen from all over the UK.”

“TRACKER is the only stolen vehicle recovery provider working with all 52 police forces in the UK and once again this partnership has proved a thorn in the criminal’s side,” explains Stuart Chapman, Police Relationship Manager for TRACKER. “The power of our unique vehicle recovery system helped police uncover a plant theft operation and a collection of vehicles worth over £300,000. By working together with police, we are sending a clear message to thieves, as well as helping to return stolen vehicles to their rightful owners.

“Security is a high priority for the plant sector, as thieves target sites for expensive pieces of machinery, as this case shows. With this in mind, we are bringing plant owners a powerful security system with the launch of TRACKER Plant. Designed specifically for the plant sector, this new product will help protect valuable assets and close the net on criminals.”

TRACKER Plant has been created to offer protection against the growing threat of plant theft. Based on TRACKER’s stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) system, TRACKER Plant significantly increases the chances of recovery. It is Thatcham approved, offering added quality assurance and the possibility of an insurance discount. Furthermore, TRACKER has combined the power of its SVR technology with its fleet tracking capabilities to ensure that TRACKER Plant enables owners and hirers of plant machinery to also monitor its actual usage on and off-site. This helps to boost efficiency whilst benefiting from the ultimate security system in the event of theft.


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