June 21, 2013
Not only do ACR Electronics, Inc.Personal Locator
Beacons, continue to save lives but they can also assist police
departments in apprehending burglars.
William Malloy of Bakersfield, California recently had his truck
broken into. The burglar took approximately $5,000 dollars' worth
of William's boating and outdoor gear, which included his ACR
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Malloy immediately reported the
stolen gear to the Bakersfield Police Department and the beacon,
specifically, to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), which the beacon was registered with.
A few days later, Malloy was contacted by the U.S. Air Force
Response Coordinator and the California Emergency Management Agency
and advised that someone had activated his Personal Locator Beacon.
Both agencies were aware that the PLB had been reported as stolen
with NOAA; however, they were serving due diligence and wanted to
make sure Malloy had not recovered his PLB and activated it as the
result of an emergency.
Through the agencies coordinated efforts, the ACR PLB
successfully led law enforcement to the residence at which Malloy's
PLB was broadcasting from. At this residence they not only
retrieved Malloy's boating and outdoor gear but they also found
other victims possessions, which the thief had stolen.
Malloy commented, "Because the thief unwittingly activated my PLB,
he was located and arrested, my out-of-pocket expenses were limited
to the cost to replace the window of my vehicle (about $200, versus
the approximate $5,000 it would have cost to replace all of my
electronic items) and I will have no need to file a claim with my
insurance company". It is safe to say Malloy's ACR personal locator
beacon not only brought search and rescue directly to its exact
location, but it also brought this burglar to justice.