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Drones set to play a big role in plant tracking as the technology is used to boost recovery efforts in locating stolen plant machinery.

Tracking devices are used by plant hire and construction firms to protect their equipment against theft, resulting in most stolen equipment being recovered. Once the location of the stolen equipment has been identified using the tracking device, drone technology is used to capture information and provide the necessary verification to allow the police to enter the scene and begin the process of recovery.

Plant tracking company, AMI Group are one of the first companies to implement drones in the recovery of stolen assets.

Peter Stockton, Operations Director of AMI Group said: “There has been a spate of thefts recently where our tracking devices have pinpointed stolen plant machinery on dangerous sites. These can potentially be volatile situations and the Police often need additional verification or evidence before they can enter a site to recover the equipment, so the use of drones allows us to take footage of stolen construction equipment hidden in obscure locations and also to survey the surrounding area. “There are several instances where drones can assist the efforts of the Police or the AMI finder network to not only help identify the location of stolen equipment, but ensure it is safe to enter sites. For instance, drones can be used to carry out long-range reconnaissance or risk assessments before recoveries and they are particularly useful on the periphery of properties or large sites where it is difficult to visibly see the location of equipment that has been hidden.”

Recently, a survey by insurance company Allianz Insurance revealed that over £70M of construction plant has been stolen from construction sites in the last year.

The survey also suggests that construction industry faces losses of more than £800M a year when other costs associated with plant theft are considered.

Source – UK Construction Online

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