Customers reported that a 3 ton Hitachi excavator had been stolen from a worksite in Newport Wales over the weekend. The Automatrics MTrack tracking unit was remotely alarmed and reported a cell location to the east of Cardiff. It was not possible to obtain a GPS fix so an Automatrics radio signal finder was dispatched.


The finder soon picked up the radio signal and traced the secret homing beacon to find the stolen digger hidden in the back of a truck. The machine had been hidden to shield it from GPS satellites. South Wales police attended site to arrange the recovery of the truck with the excavator inside for further forensics checks.