27-Jan-2015

Plant Hire firm reported a mini digger stolen from Birmingham over the weekend. Automatrics received a cell location outside Manchester. An Automatrics finder was dispatched to use radio direction finding equipment to locate the digger. The 1.5 Ton Takeuchi Mini excavator had been carefully loaded inside a Transit van. The criminals likely hoped to defeat any GPS fitted tracker by placing it inside the van to block satellite signals whilst they disconnected the vehicle battery. But, neither power or GPS satellites are needed by the Automatrics MTrack. AVCIS were contacted to run checks and Greater Manchester Police arrived in minutes to recover the vehicle to a safe compound. The transit was recovered before it was even reported stolen! Video footage coming soon...