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TRACKER uncovers stolen Hitachi Mini Digger

Date: 18 September 2013

Police recover hidden stolen plantLancashire Police located a stolen Hitachi mini digger in under an hour thanks to the signal emitted from a device fitted by TRACKER, the UK's leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) solutions provider. Officers uncovered the mini digger stolen from Blackburn on a trailer which itself had been stolen from the Lancashire town of Chorley.
Used Hitachi mini diggers can sell for in excess of £20,000 meaning big bucks for thieves; fortunately this one was recovered and collected by the rightful owner in just 5 hours. The owner Mr. Gill said:  “Having machinery missing for any length of time is always going to be a problem. However the disruption to business operations was minimal as it was recovered so quickly. The financial outlay for the TRACKER equipment was well worth it as just an hour after I had reported the digger missing I was contacted by the police and told it had been successfully located”. 
The National Plant & Equipment Register (TER) reports* that 95 per cent of plant equipment stolen every year is not recovered. However, TRACKER figures show that a staggering 68 per cent of all plant it recovers is done so within 24 hours of the stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) device being activated. Ten percent of those are recovered within just one hour. This is very good news for plant owners who do have SVR units installed. However, many businesses are still leaving themselves vulnerable to theft, which is an expense and inconvenience most could do without.
Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Manager, for TRACKER, says, "An estimated £50 million to £70 million worth of plant and agricultural machinery is stolen every year. With only five percent of them ever retrieved, this recovery is a clear example of how a tracking device can benefit businesses. By fitting a tracking device to plant and agricultural machinery the chances of stolen equipment being located by police and returned is significantly increased.
*TER Crime Reduction Advice - http://www.ter-europe.org/content/crime-reduction-advice

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