Theft of construction equipment is costly for the businesses involved. Not only is an expensive asset lost, but work is brought to a halt until a replacement can be obtained. This is why so many construction companies choose to protect their machines with the LoJack® system, which helps law enforcement quickly and safely recover the stolen items. The following case involves a 2014 Melroe Bobcat Skid Steer Loader that was stolen and recovered by police in Oklahoma, with help from LoJack.
On May 19th, 2014, the Melroe’s owner reported the crime to the Oklahoma City Police Department. Officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers. The LoJack transponder concealed in the Bobcat was then automatically activated.
A short while later, an officer with the Bethany Police Department picked up the silent homing signal from the stolen machine with the LoJack tracking computer installed in his patrol vehicle. The Melroe was located on NW 12th Street, parked and abandoned. The skid steer loader, valued at $57,800, was retrieved and soon returned to the job site.
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