SURVEY SOLUTIONS had another survey instrument stolen from the roadside but unlike previous thefts this equipment was fitted with a tracker. Within minutes of the crime taking place the office team pinpointed the location of the instrument and followed its every move.
The theft happened whilst an Engineering Surveyor was completing a topographical survey in the Midlands only a few miles from a Survey Solutions regional office, so every spare surveyor working in the office was dispatched to make chase in an effort of retrieve the stolen equipment before it disappeared.
East Midlands Police were immediately informed of the theft and sent a Police car to joinÂ the search. The tracking software not only managed to identify the street where the instrument was located but also pinpointed the actual house where it appeared to be stored.
The car used in the crime was quickly recognised outside the property and this along with details given by the Surveyor and the data from the tracker, convinced the Police that the stolen equipment was inside. They gained access to the property and quickly discovered not only the stolen survey equipment but also several generators and other items from previous crimes.
The stolen instrument was a Trimble S5 Total Station provided by KOREC as one of several recently purchased by Survey Solutions. These instruments are all fitted with the Trimble âLocate and Protectâ system that allows users to see their position at any time.
Survey Solutions have previously had 12 instruments stolen in similar thefts but none of these were fitted with trackers, and all but one remains missing.
James Cooper, Survey Solutions MD said âThefts of survey instruments is a massive issue for our profession, causing tremendous distress to the surveyors involved, and significant financial loss to businesses. The ability to track equipment is clearly a step in the right direction and has proved invaluable on this occasion.â
Survey Solutions are one of the largest and fastest growing Chartered Land and Engineering Survey companies in the UK with over 100 surveyors located in regional offices undertaking a full range of measured surveys above and below ground.
The Police made several arrests and kept the instrument for forensic testing and fingerprinting, as part of an ongoing investigation.