The owners of a construction company contacted the Boulder Police Department to report that one of their Caterpillar skid steers, valued at $46,000, had been stolen from a construction site in the Gunbarrel area of Boulder during the night. A police officer verified the theft and had the product identification number (PIN/VIN) entered into the state and federal crime computers as stolen.
This routine action automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Caterpillar. LoJack is the only stolen vehicle recovery system that has this direct interface with law enforcement nationwide.
Following the entry and activation a patrol officer in Broomfield picked up the silent LoJack signals from the stolen Caterpillar with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) in his patrol vehicle.
Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officer quickly tracked and located the stolen skid steer. It was concealed at the rear of a newly constructed and unoccupied building in the 800 block of Hoyt Street. This location is approximately 20 miles away from the theft location.
The skid steer was released on-scene to the very relived and happy owners. The only loss to the owner’s was one-days use of the equipment, the avoidance of having to rent or buy another loader (very expensive) as well as further lost labor days, and the license plate from this equipment.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Caterpillar skid steer three years earlier.