On a recent Thursday morning, the owner of a construction company arrived at a job site and discovered that a 2009 Caterpillar skid steer was missing. This owner had the LoJack® system installed when the machine was purchased. With LoJack’s help, local police recovered not only the Caterpillar, but two other recently stolen pieces of equipment as well, all in less than a half hour after activation.
On January 9th, 2014, the owner of the construction company reported the theft to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. The Deputy took the report and had the Machine’s VIN (vehicle identification number) entered into the NCIC national stolen vehicle computer system. That entry automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the skid steer.
Just minutes later, officers from multiple jurisdictions (Broomfield, Thornton, Boulder County, Westminster and Colorado State Patrol) were picking up the homing signals from the stolen equipment with the LoJack tracking computers installed in their patrol vehicles and aircraft. Westminster PD officers located the Caterpillar on Melody Driver, where they found it on a flatbed trailer hitched to a truck. Both trailer and truck had been reported stolen in Denver. The undamaged skid steer loader was soon returned to its very happy owner.
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