February 16, 2016
Bogus hires continue to pose a problem in the plant hire industry but the use of anti-theft tracking devices can assist in leading to the recovery of equipment stolen through these means. In one recent example, a bogus construction company had hired out a total of five machines from a plant hirer, of which two were stolen but soon recovered thanks to anti-theft tracking devices installed by AMI Group.
The customer originally contacted AMI Group to advise that two Kubota Excavators had been stolen. Both Excavators had been fitted with an AMI Nexis GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking system and AMI’s monitoring station advised that three days after the initial hire, the machines were moved from Goosney Faringdon in Oxfordshire to a location some 60 miles away in Woking, Surrey. The monitoring station was able to pinpoint the exact location of the stolen machines and advised that they had been stored there for almost a week.
The Police were advised and the AMI Group monitoring station continued to view the two machines via the AMI Nexus web portal online until the Police arrived at the site in question. The customer was also able to go to the site and recover the stolen machinery. Enquiries are still ongoing with the Police.
Peter Stockton, Operations Director at AMI Group said: “Unfortunately fraudulent hires are still very much a problem in the construction plant sector and scams are getting more and more sophisticated by the day. The theft of cars is becoming more difficult without access to keys, so criminals are turning to plant for potential theft. The installation of an anti-theft tracking device is an ideal preventative measure and the likelihood of getting the plant returned in the event of theft is far higher.”
AMI offers a number of state-of-the-art tracking solutions and fleet management systems for applications including plant and vehicle tracking. One of the company’s latest innovations is the AMI Nexis AT5, a self-contained, battery operated tracking device which utilises state-of-the-art GPS, GSM and RF technology. Reporting to and visible via the AMI Nexis Software Platform 24/7, the AT5 is lightweight, small sized (21 x 55 x 52mm) and can be concealed almost anywhere on any asset. Via its advanced battery management software, the unit has the capacity to last up to 15 years and it is backed by IP68 waterproof rating, ensuring it is robust and heavily protected. The device has the ability to be traced both outdoors and indoors even in very remote locations. In situations where GPS is unavailable, the device relays GSM cell site positions and the internal RF beacon can be activated to assist in locating stolen assets