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Tracking system aids goods recovery

by Brian Sims

Enigma Telematics has helped to recover hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of plant and machinery that was stolen in the UK and shipped to the Middle East earlier this year. By using a relatively new but popular technique known as ‘fake hiring’, criminals used bogus organisations to steal substantial amounts of equipment from leading plant hire companies in the UK. Having been alerted to thefts experienced by two of its customers, Enigma used its Skyline tracking system to establish that some stolen machinery had passed through the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk. The Port handles more than 3.4 million TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) containers and welcomes over 4,000 ships each year. Despite the fact that Felixstowe is the UK’s busiest container port and the 35th busiest in the world, the location data provided by Enigma was used to pinpoint the location of some of the stolen machinery. Although the equipment had already left Felixstowe, the data provided by Enigma enabled Port of Felixstowe Police to establish the destination of the three containers housing the stolen equipment. One was bound for Saudi Arabia and the other two were destined for Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. Acting on the information provided by Enigma Telematics, Port of Felixstowe Police exercise its power to order the ship bound for Saudi Arabia to offload the stolen container in a non-destination port, Salalah in the Oman. The container was then returned to Felixstowe on a separate vessel. The two other containers reached Dar es Salaam but were seized on arrival. One has since been returned to the UK; the other is currently being held at customs in Tanzania but should be returned soon. When the two returned containers were opened on their arrival back in the UK, they were found to contain more stolen equipment than was first thought. The first container received back at Felixstowe was found to hold six generators, valued at around

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