Construction equipment is a popular target amongst thieves because of its value and popularity. The companies who own these vehicles are well aware of the ‘black market’ for these items, which is why so many of them protect their assets with the LoJack® system, to help police recover stolen machines quickly and safely.
On November 26th, 2013, the owner of a John Deere skid steer contacted the Oklahoma City Police Department to report the equipment stolen. Officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activates the LoJack transponder concealed in the skid steer.
A while later, a pilot with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Air Unit picked up the homing signal from the stolen machine with the LoJack tracking computer installed in his aircraft. The pilot located the equipment in a heavily wooded area and requested ground assistance. Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Oklahoma City police officers responded to the scene and recovered the skid steer as well as a stolen trailer. One subject was arrested for being in possession of the equipment. The John Deere, valued at $45,000, was soon returned to its relieved owner.
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