This case involves a Caterpillar backhoe discovered stolen from a construction site in Queens, NY. The company owners were well aware of the high rate of theft for construction equipment, which is why they chose to protect this asset with the LoJack® system. Having LoJack on their machine enabled local law enforcement to make a fast, safe recovery.
On April 7th, 2014, the Caterpillar’s owner contacted the NYPD 106th Precinct in Ozone Park, NY to report that his machine was stolen. When officers arrived at the scene, they took a written report and entered the equipment’s information into the NYPD Stolen Auto Computer and the NCIC national crime computer. This procedure automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed on the backhoe.
A short while later, officers from the Queens South Auto Larceny Unit picked up the silent homing signal from the stolen machine on the LoJack tracking computers installed in their patrol vehicles. The Caterpillar was found parked and abandoned on a residential street. After a brief surveillance, the undamaged Backhoe was soon returned to the job site.
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