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Keeping secure

Anti-theft devices are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Here is a selection of the latest equipment on offer.

Plant thieves are becoming increasingly sophisticated these days. Tracking stolen equipment is becoming almost as important as preventing theft in the first place, as delegates at NCE’s site security event will discover.

A range of satellite tracking, immbolisation and secure registration solutions are now on the market as manufacturers aim to keep one step ahead of the thieves. Here is a selection of the latest in anti-theft technology.

E-touch immobiliser

Volvo Construction Equipment has responded to the rising tide of theft of small excavators by fitting Enigma Vehicle Systems’ e-touch immobiliser as standard on its 1.5t to 2t models supplied during the first quarter of 2011.

Following this introductory programme the system will be offered as an option.
The e-touch is a multi-point immobilisation system that is compliant with the Thatcham’s category 2 security classification, meaning it isolates a minimum of two operating circuits or systems, or a minimum of one operationally relevant vehicle control unit with coded intervention.

Operators have the option of integrating the immobiliser with Enigma’s Skyline asset tracking and stolen asset recovery system.

Volvo Construction Equipment operations manager Bob Moore says: “We are increasingly concerned about plant theft and have been offering the CESAR marking scheme since its inception. We’re offering the e-touch system as a no-cost standard option during Q1 this year.”

Satellite Protection

Thieves were thwarted in their attempt to steal a top-of-the-range JCB backhoe loader thanks to the machine being fitted with the firm’s LiveLink satellite tracking device as standard.
The JCB 4CX was stolen from a dealer’s depot in Hemel Hempstead and was recovered a few hours later after staff logged into LiveLink and discovered the machine had been driven and parked up four miles away.
During 2011 all JCB’s 3CX and 4CX backhoe loaders, side-engined telescopic handlers and tracked and wheeled excavators sold in the UK are being fitted with LiveLink and an immobiliser as standard.
JCB insurance director Michael Gregory says: “Claiming for the theft of a valuable machine like a JCB 4CX would have had a profound effect on any business’s insurance renewal premium, so the financial advantages of fitting LiveLink speak for themselves.”
JCB LiveLink provides a telematic link to JCB’s machines, which gives customers real-time location information, with curfew and geofence alerts.
It can also monitor the health of the machine as well as machine hours and performance.
The system will now be installed as standard on JCB’s wheeled loading shovels and a range of articulated shovels, and immobilisers will be fitted as standard on the company’s compact telehandlers and mini excavators.

Cesar security

Datatag, which runs the CESAR plant security and registration scheme in the UK, is using the Conexpo exhibition in Las Vegas this week to introduce the scheme to the US market.

The company will target equipment manufacturers, trade associations, and the insurance industry during the five day show.

CESAR is the most widely used machinery security and registration scheme in the world, with over 15,000 registrations in 2010 and 45,000 registrations in total since its launch in 2007.

The system, which gives each machine a unique “fingerprint”, is now fitted on production lines in the UK, Germany and the United States by leading manufacturers including CAT, JCB, Bobcat, Gehl, and Manitou.

Construction equipment theft is a growing problem in the United States, with the insurance industry there saying theft costs construction companies up to $1bn (£620M) a year in lost assets.

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