CANTON, MA – DECEMBER 20, 2012 – LoJack Corporation (NASDAQ: LOJN) today revealed its top five construction equipment theft recoveries of 2012. From stolen equipment that was bound for exportation overseas to those that were cleverly concealed in the deep woods, these recovery stories demonstrate how LoJack is the most effective system for protecting construction equipment from today’s clever professional thieves.
Top Five Construction Equipment Theft Recovery Stories of 2012:
#1: Three is a Charm: LoJack System Saves Contractor From Third Theft of Utility Trailer
After having two utility trailers (that were equipped with multiple locks and a wheel boot) stolen, an electrical contractor in Raleigh, NC decided to protect his third Utility Trailer with a LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System. And, while unfortunately he was the victim once again of theft, this time the LoJack System helped him beat the bad guy. After he reported the crime to police, they found the trailer within only two hours of activation…and arrested the criminal!
#2: Weapons, Bullets and Grenades…Oh My!: Equipment Installed with LoJack System Leads Police to Illegal Weapons Cache
This recovery story demonstrates how fast the LoJack System can help track down a stolen piece of equipment and find thieves who are often involved in other, more serious crimes. Only three minutes after the owners of a John Deere Skip Loader reported it stolen, flight deputies with the San Bernardino, CA Sheriff’s Department picked up the silent LoJack signal and tracked down the location of the loader. Responding ground units were quickly on the scene and verified that it was indeed the stolen skip loader. While there, deputies found a large cache of weapons and called in the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Bomb Squad to take over the investigation. The recovery not only included the skip loader, it also netted illegal weapons, a large amount of ammunition, live hand grenades and body armor!
#3: Bound for Trouble: LoJack System Halts Stolen Skip Loader’s Trip Overseas
A stolen Caterpillar Skip Loader was about to take a long trip overseas, but the LoJack System helped cancel that journey. In this recovery story, California Highway Patrol began tracking down the stolen skip loader less than 20 minutes after the owners reported it stolen. The signal from the LoJack System led the officers to a shipping warehouse in the city of Carson, CA. There, thieves had removed the company names from the Skip Loader and planned to ship it out of the U.S., along with multiple other pieces of stolen construction equipment. All were recovered and returned back to their owners, thanks to the police and the LoJack System.
#4 What’s Stolen in Vegas, Stays in Vegas: Skid Steer and Other Stolens Found by Las Vegas PD
The owner of a Ingersoll-Rand Skid Steer contacted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to report that his equipment had been stolen from a job site in Northwest Las Vegas. A few minutes later, officers with the North Las Vegas Police Department picked up the LoJack System’s signal coming from the stolen equipment. The officer’s tracked the stolen Skid Steer to a large warehouse in North Las Vegas. Police quickly located the stolen Skid Steer inside, along with an Air Compressor that had been reported stolen from a job site in Downtown Las Vegas. The suspect is facing multiple felony charges as the investigation continues with police still identifying more victims.
#5 You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide…From LoJack: System Finds Mini-Excavator Hidden in the Woods
This recovery story proves thieves can’t hide from the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System. When employees at a local paving company returned to a jobsite in New Britain, CT after a long weekend, they found their John Deere Mini-excavator was missing. The owner didn’t realize his equipment had a LoJack device when he reported the theft to local police. Minutes later, K-9 officers from three different towns who were training in the area received the silent LoJack signal coming from the stolen excavator. Using a handheld LoJack Police Tracking Unit, officers discovered the excavator deep in a wooded area. The investigation revealed that the thieves had entered the area through a gate in the highway sound barrier. While the barrier and surrounding trees prevented the excavator from being observed from any direction, they couldn’t stop the LoJack signal from finding the equipment. The owner was relieved to get back his excavator – worth $25,000 – thanks to the LoJack System.
About LoJack Corporation
LoJack Corporation, the company that invented the stolen vehicle recovery market more than 25 years ago, is the global leader in finding and recovering a wide range of mobile assets including cars, construction equipment and motorcycles-having recovered nearly $4 billion USD in stolen assets worldwide. In today's rapidly changing world, LoJack's core competencies are more valuable and more relevant than ever as they are now being applied into new areas, such as the prevention, detection and recovery of stolen cargo and finding and rescuing people with cognitive conditions such as autism and Alzheimer's.
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