Mini CAT Excavator Stolen and Recovered

A Mini Excavator has been recovered and returned to a hire company following a break-in to a secure site on the outskirts of London. A team of skilled thieves broke into the site in the early hours of the morning. The customer received a geofence alert from the Nexis system and acted on this. The customer then checked the position of the excavator on the system and noticed this was different from the site address. Following a call to the AMI out-of-hours team, a finder was dispatched to the site to help track down the stolen machine.

The finder arrived on site following a positive GPS position from the wired-in tracking solution. The excavator was fitted with an Asset+ Solution which includes both a wired-in and battery-operated solution in one. Upon arrival at the scene, the machine was located using a combination of cell-site triangulation and research of the area, alongside the finder’s RF scanning equipment, the finder was able to gain a better insight into the excavator’s location. Police then gained access to the site and the excavator was recovered and returned to the customer, with the machine back out on hire within hours.

Mini excavator theft is one of the most common within the construction industry, smaller items of plant equipment are often stolen from contract sites outside of working hours or whilst being hired out. Consequently, many plant hire firms are now investing in additional security measures such as on-site cameras, perimeter fences, and tracking devices to keep their assets safe from theft.

Asset+ is a revolutionary hybrid solution that offers the ultimate after theft protection, whilst providing you with total visibility and control over your assets in real-time. Whether you’re protecting construction plant, commercial vehicles, or other valuable assets, you have complete peace of mind. With an industry-leading battery life, Asset+ essentially combines two tracking systems in one, comprising of an AT solution (self-contained GPS/GSM battery-operated unit) combined with our VT solution (a wired-in GPS asset management system). Essentially offering double the theft protection with a range of immobilisation features and after theft recovery technology, whilst also providing a wealth of information such as; GPS positional information, utilisation history, journey history, hours used reports, out of hours usage, speed, the direction of travel, and miles covered.

AMI Group was established in 2004, offering state-of-the-art telemetry and tracking systems and technology to a wide range of markets including construction and plant hire. To date, more than £353 million worth of customer assets have been protected with AMI tracking devices, and AMI systems are utilised by many of the UK’s leading plant hire organisations, commercial fleet operators, and small – medium-sized businesses nationwide.

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