Wireless GSM locates stolen plant
More than £1m-worth of plant machinery is stolen every day in the UK, causing severe disruption to the industry.
The consequences can be debilitating, with loss of business, the additional cost of rehiring or replacing machinery and increased insurance premiums.
Much has been done in recent years to provide protection for plant industry assets with the development of anti-theft devices and GPS tracking equipment.
Organisations such as the Plant Theft Action Group (PTAG), which the Government helped set up in 1996, have been established to provide support for the industry. Other bodies soon followed, developing common standards for the anti-theft methods of marking, registration and immobilisation.
But statistics show these methods are all too easily overcome by thieves and the industry needs to start thinking outside the box if it’s to come up with a viable solution. It’s a simple matter to locate and immobilise wired GPS systems, and registration and marking is not a sufficient deterrent. If the worst happens, despite the presence of anti-theft devices, the issue of monitoring and recovery should be a key concern.
Sure-Track (sure-track.co.uk) provides assistance to ensure successful monitoring and recovery. The company claims that 91% of the vehicles under its protection are recovered within nine hours. In-house experts design and manufacture Sure-Track’s own hardware, software, monitoring and finding services. The company has produced the first tracking system to achieve the Sold Secure Diamond accreditation for products capable of being tracked through Europe, and the latest product range is now Category 7 Thatcham accredited.
The system uses a combination of GPRS, GSM and RF signals to track a vehicle continuously, even if it has been moved under cover. The device functions wirelessly, making it harder to locate and disable. It has a long battery life and can be concealed almost anywhere within any asset.
With limited time and resources to spend on locating individual vehicles, the police recover only about one theft in 20, but Sure-Track has a dedicated team of finders who will make a priority of monitoring and locating the asset.
Once a vehicle has been reported as missing, Sure-Track switches to continuous monitoring mode, and directs the finder to the asset’s general location allowing him to pinpoint it using the inbuilt radio frequency.
When a positive identification has been achieved, the company liaises with the police and the customer to complete the recovery.
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