A stolen JCB 2CX Streetmaster Backhoe Loader worth £30,000 has been successfully recovered within an hour of being reported stolen, thanks to the installation of a state-of-the-art tracking device from AMI Group.

The JCB was stolen from a site in Eaton, Cheshire, and upon discovering it had been stolen, AMI’s customer immediately notified AMI and the company’s monitoring station was able to instantly access the company’s web-based Nexis platform to establish where the stolen machine had been taken by the plant thieves.

The machine was subsequently discovered on Bridge Lane near Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Macclesfield, less than 10 miles away from its original location in Eaton. It was then able to be returned to its rightful owner.

Peter Stockton, Operations Director of AMI Group said: “Had this machine not been fitted with a high performance tracking device, it would have proved very difficult to locate and recover. This was a very swift recovery whereby the JCB was successfully returned to our customer within just 60 minutes of them notifying us that it had been stolen. The machine was worth around £30,000, so the customer has been spared the expense of replacing the machine, whilst avoiding the vast inconvenience associated with plant theft.”

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 AT5 has the capacity to last up to 20 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.