Spotlight on thieves

18 March 2008

Crane thefts can be costly and a new tracking and security system has been developed to combat the problem.

The Skyline GPS from Enigma Vehicle Systems, in England, is the first of its type in the construction plant and vehicle industry to fully combine tracking and recovery with a full telematics capability, said the company.

Enigma claimed the recovery rate of stolen equipment from a leading plant hire company using Skyline exceeded 90%, amounting to a recovery value of £1.2 million (US$2.4 million) since February 2006, £400,000 ($805,000) of that being this year.

“Stolen vehicle and plant tracking systems, using GPS, are not new but the application of Skyline is. One of the unique aspects of the Skyline system is that it was developed with security as the principal requirement.

It is the first combined stolen vehicle recovery system that also provides information to both the user and the location responsible for the asset.

“Skyline is a modular, flexible system that allows the user to choose from a clear menu of services. It is robust, powerful, compact and very cost-effective,” said Ian Keam-George, Enigma chief executive. n For further information see

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