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Loader problems for thieves

JCB Farm LoaderA JCB farm loader stolen by thieves in the UK was traced and recovered less than 24 hours later nearly 400 miles away – thanks to JCB’s LiveLink tracking system.

The TM320 articulated wheeled loader - worth about £75,000 - was taken from JCB dealer Cotswold Farm Machinery, in Cheltenham, sparking a hunt by police across four countries.

The machine was fitted with JCB’s telematics system LiveLink, however, so staff in the security control room at JCB’s World HQ, at Rocester, Staffordshire, were able to provide live updates of the loader’s precise location.

The machine was tracked initially to Dover and then through France and Belgium as it was transported on a curtain-sided lorry. It was eventually recovered nearly 400 miles away and the driver of the lorry arrested after police put in place a road block near to Rossum, on the Dutch/German border.

Simon Carrington, Managing Director of Cotswold Farm Machinery, said: “JCB LiveLink really proved its worth. Realistically, it would probably have never been recovered if it had not been fitted because the police would not have had the resource to recover it without exact details of its location.”

A JCB spokesman said: “Almost 35,000 machines around the world are now fitted with JCB LiveLink. In this case, LiveLink really did demonstrate its value in helping recover a stolen machine.

“JCB LiveLink also has other great benefits, providing real time data about machine condition and location and allowing dealers to manage servicing more proactively and customers to increase revenue and profitability and minimise downtime and inconvenience.”