We were notified of a Bomag 120 Twin Drum Roller theft early in the morning as the customer arrived on-site in Buckinghamshire. As with all theft reports, our in-house Investigations Unit remotely located the roller to a residential road in Middlesex where we dispatched one of our Investigators to secure the roller.
On arrival at the scene, our Investigator used our homing beacon technology to locate the machine to a residential driveway where an out-of-place blue tarpaulin was covering a roller-shaped object. Using our close connections with local Police, we requested assistance from the Met Police Stolen Vehicle Squad who promptly arrived, entered the property and removed the tarpaulin to uncover the stolen roller.
On closer inspection, the machine had been partially dismantled as the thief searched for ‘traditional’ wired tracking systems. We could see that mounts for the rear roll bar had been cut off, possibly to enable it to fit in a small van for transportation.
The machine was successfully recovered by the customer shortly after.
There’s no reason why a safety device such as the roll bar would be cut off legitimately. Removing safety features contravenes Health & Safety laws, endangering the lives and wellbeing of the workforce.