Stolen backhoe loader recovered thanks to JCB LiveLink telematic system

Thieves were this week thwarted in their attempt to steal a top-of-the-range JCB backhoe loader- thanks to the machine being fitted with the JCB LiveLink satellite tracking device as standard.

The JCB 4CX backhoe loader was stolen from JCB dealer Greenshields JCB’s depot in Hemel Hempstead on Monday night. But it was recovered just hours later and all thanks to its JCB LiveLink telematic system, which gives real-time location information.

When Greenshields JCB staff discovered the theft, they logged into JCB LiveLink, which revealed the machine had been driven and parked up four miles away in Abbots Langley. They promptly recovered the machine.

During 2011 JCB’s 3CX and 4CX backhoe loaders, side-engined telescopic handlers and tracked and wheeled excavators sold in the UK are being fitted with JCB LiveLink and an immobiliser as standard – and the stolen 4CX was one of the first machines to benefit from JCB’s strong stance on plant theft.

Yvette Henshall-Bell, JCB’s UK and Ireland Sales Director said: “The recovery of this stolen machine in a matter of hours of the theft proves beyond doubt the benefit for customers of fitting machines with LiveLink as standard.”

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Article source: MHW Magazine published 7th February