The manager of the equipment rental division of a hardware store in West Palm Beach, FL wanted to make sure a 2012 Kubota backhoe was safe and secure, so he set up a trailer hitch lock, a wheel lock and a cable lock. Before leaving for the evening, he checked on the machine again and discovered that the cable lock had been cut and the trailer containing the backhoe had been dragged away. This smart business person had one other weapon in his protection arsenal- he had the LoJack® system hidden on the backhoe itself. Local law enforcement, with help from LoJack, recovered the machine quickly and safely.
On March 29th, 2014, the store manager contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to report the Kubota was stolen. The responding officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and theft affidavit and had the machine’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police procedure automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the backhoe.
The next morning, a PBSO deputy picked up the silent homing signal from the stolen machine on their on-board LoJack tracking computer. The Kubota was located behind a gated warehouse area on Elizabeth Avenue. After a brief surveillance, the backhoe was retrieved and soon returned to the hardware store.
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