Technology makes appliance theft more difficult

March 12, 2012 3:11:39 PM PDT
New technology is now being used to track appliance thefts, especially those taken from new homes.

Recently, appliance thieves got quite a surprise when they hauled off an expensive refrigerator from a new development in Wake Forest. The refrigerator had a new GPS transmitter.

"Great technology, we're able to take advantage of," said Lt. Brian Mote, a spokesman for the Wake Forest Police Department.

Officers often see a rise in crime during tough economic times when people are out of work.

"[They] have to find alternate means of making their money and part of that is taking property that does not belong to them," said Mote.

A search warrant recently filed by the Wake Forest Police Department showed the satellite tracking device showed the refrigerator at a house in north Raleigh five hours after it was stolen,

The GPS tracker used in this incident was made by the DeWalt company but other companies make similar devices that work not only to thwart construction site theft, but can also be used by homeowners too.

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