Theft prevention

19 March 2008

Kubota UK offers its Anti-Theft system as standard on its mini excavators. The system s based on an individually programmed key for each machine that replaces the traditional universal starter key. This key has an identification code embeddedin an electronic chip, which works in tandem with each excavators'obiliser.

The key starts and stops the engine and also opens the machine s cabdoor, fuel filler cap and engine canopy. Without it, Bauma the fuel, hydraulic and electric systems are fully immobilised and any attempt to start the machine with an un-programmed key activates the system s alarm.

Building contractors G.E. & A.F. Silvester Ltd of Bishops Stortford, has experienced the securitybenefits the Anti-Theft system can bring. Havingleft a new 1.5 tonne KX36-3 canopied machine at a site for the weekend, a potential thief spent some considerable time trying to 'hot wire t. After failing to start the machine, the would-be thieffled the scene Company director Andrew Silvester commented, “The fact that the thief could not start the engine goes to show the value of the personalised security system. Although the wiring was damaged in the attempt, we didn t have it stolen and after the wiring was repairedit was soon back at work␅

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