Vandalised dredger is now secured

Posted On 16 Dec 2014
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Dredge1A dredging boat moored near Scunthorpe and attacked by vandals who smashed lights and temperature gauges, is now being protected by a GSM based intrusion detection system using an OPTEX outdoor sensor and linked to an alarm receiving centre (ARC).

Ebsford Environmental was working to remove silt along the Bottesford Beck tributary that feeds into the River Trent for four weeks as a flood prevention measure. While the dredging boat was moored overnight, the vessel was vandalised, and although it did not stop the team from finishing the job, it was both time consuming and costly to repair.

Dean Bolton, Managing Director at Eyewatch Security, was approached by Ebsford Environmental and recommended a VX402 GSM system that comprises an OPTEX outdoor PIR incorporating a GSM transmission module developed by TAD Electronics, monitored remotely at Eyewatch’s ARC.

Nick Oxley, Site Foreman for Ebsford Environmental said: “Although the damage was fairly minor, it was still a huge inconvenience to take the boat out of action to be repaired. And who knows, the damage could be worse next time. After the detector was installed we did not have any further issues, there was no more damage and we also did not have any false alarms.”

Dean Bolton, Managing Director at Eyewatch Security said: “In this situation, the detector worked as an excellent deterrent and no further damage was done to the dredging boat.”