When the construction crew at the Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale International Airport project returned to work after a recent long weekend, a Caterpillar 262-C skid steer loader was missing from where it had been parked the previous Friday. The managing company knew how valuable their machine was and how popular construction equipment is with thieves, so they were proactive and had the LoJack® system installed on their skid steer. Thanks to the help of LoJack, local police were able to recover the machine in less than 90 minutes after activation.
On November 12th, 2013, the Caterpillar’s owner contacted the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to report the crime. Deputies prepared a stolen vehicle report and theft affidavit and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police procedure automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the skid steer loader.
A short while later, a Pembroke Pines PD officer picked up the homing signal from the stolen machine on the LoJack tracking computer installed in his patrol vehicle. The officer, along with BSCO deputies, located the vehicle hidden in the bushes along the entrance road to I-595. The Caterpillar was recovered and soon returned to the job site.
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