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NEWS RELEASE

Two Way Radio Mobile Mount: Locking Radio Cages

North Aurora, IL
October 2005

Hugh Goulding, President, E TIP, Inc. announces the availablity the High Security E TIP Radio Cage for mounting mobile two way radios.

In the past, early two-way radios were simply screwed down to the vehicle in a convenient location to the driver using a simple mounting bracket. When it became obvious that a mobile two-way radio would need servicing throughout its lifetime, mounts were then designed to easily remove the radio. The slide mount came to life.

As the use of mobile two-way radios became more widespread the incidence of theft of the radios began to rise. It was a simple matter for a thief to enter a vehicle and disconnect the antenna and the power cable and take the entire radio, sliding it out of the mount. The rate of recovery for stolen radios was low.

Mobile Radios became smaller and smaller even though the power of the new radio matched and sometimes exceeded that of the older radios. The CB radio was introduced to the mass market. It became a desireable way for the general public to communicate. Everyone could have their own mobile radio and many found they could own it without paying for it by stealing it.

Some organizations such as Police and Fire, Border Patrol, School Buses, Cab Companies, Concrete Ready-Mix, Construction Contractors, etc. were hard hit by thieves who thought they were getting CB radios. Commercial mobile two way radios were much more expensive than the CB radio. A call went out for a more secure way to mount mobile two way radios.

The current E TIP Radio Cage found its beginnings in those days. Case hardened steel bars were bent to allow a mobile radio to fit inside the cage that was formed and a hardened bolt was dropped down and locked in place with a key. when properly mounted in the vehicle a thief would have to spend several hours trying to remove the radio. The attention to mounting the E TIP Radio Cage properly was as important as locking the Cage once the radio was inside.

When the demand for commercial radio networks rose dramatically theft rings were formed whose goal was to steal whole networks of expensive commercial two-way radio systems. Some networks that were hit on one weekend, losing all of their mobile two-way radios, would be hit again soon after a new network was in operation. It was learned that many of the complete systems were exported to other countries.

Some municipalities began to suspect that the loss of some of the two-way radios might be the result of employees wanting to monitor activities when they were not working. Some radios were tampered with and were found open in the vehicle with important parts missing.

The E TIP Radio Cage eliminated both of these problems because the design prevented tampering and the operational employees did not hold the key to the Cage. Only the radio shop could open the Radio Cage. Those organizations who employed the E TIP Radio Cage witnessed a dramatic drop in lost or stolen two-way radios in the first year of deployment. Some reported that the cost of the E TIP Radio Cage was covered in the first year by all of the radios that were not replaced.

 

See www.etipinc.com for additional details.


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