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Company Uses Tracking Device to Recover Stolen Goods

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Salt Lake valley construction company is taking crime fighting into its own hands.

Harper Construction has fixed some of its equipment with tracking devices -- bugs that can lead police right to the crook who swiped the goods.

Harper spokesman Roger Warren says bugging equipment over the past three years has helped the company recover about 99 percent of stolen tools.

Most recently, the company recovered two concrete saws taken from a West Valley City job site. They were traced to a storage shed in Salt Lake City.

Police say when they track down Harper's equipment, they also find equipment stolen from other companies.

Installing the bugs isn't cheap. Each unit costs $250, plus $100 an hour to track it down once an item is stolen.

But Warrens says the recovery rate of stolen goods makes it worth the money.

Information from: The Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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