Crook caught out by Ipswich gadget

A NOVEL gadget, designed and developed by a pair of Ipswich entrepreneurs, has helped catch a crook 200 miles away in Hampshire.

A NOVEL gadget, designed and developed by a pair of Ipswich entrepreneurs, has helped catch a crook 200 miles away in Hampshire.

The Metis Tracker device is the work of Rick Hamilton and Chris Eiffert, directors of Circad Design Ltd.

The business partners started producing the tracker two years ago at their company headquarters in Farthing Road Industrial Estate.

Mr Hamilton this week received a call from Hampshire Police telling him a stolen caravan had been traced to a traveller's site in the county thanks to the Metis Tracker.

“The police thanked us for helping to recover the stolen caravan,” said Mr Hamilton, who also designed the software and website which make the tracker work so effectively.

“It was really nice to get that phone call and know that it is doing its job.”

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More than 500 of the innovative devices have been sold in the UK so far by the company, which designs industrial control electronics.

The design allows owners to trace their caravans using a mobile phone.

Mr Hamilton said: “A GPS satellite receiver and radio modem uses a sim card like the one found in mobile phones.

“The owner can send a text to arm or disarm the tracker and ask exactly where it is at a particular time.

“It is mainly targeted to the caravan and farming vehicle market but could fit in a car.”

Mr Hamilton revealed that the crime-busting tracker had already been successful in snaring thieves when last year a JCB was stolen from Norfolk and later turned up in Holland.

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