Vehicle Theft means headache and heartache for most people and major upheaval for businesses. Yet what are you doing to prevent it?

In the US a car is reported as stolen every 26 seconds and if you are lucky enough to live or work anywhere near a port or border city, the likelihood of having your vehicle stolen increases dramatically, with thieves using this geographical advantage to ship and export cars in return for payment way above the vehicle’s market value.

One very successful way to combat this crime is to have a GPS tracking device fitted. The device is no bigger than a mobile phone and can be easily hidden in any type of vehicle; from luxury motors to the humble van – even trailers can be protected.

How does it Work?

GPS (Global Positioning System) is a network of 24 satellites and numerous ground stations which are used in conjunction with GPS trackers and receivers to work out exactly where something is at any given time, using ‘triangulation’.

The GPS tracking system can be remotely accessed and allows you to pinpoint a vehicle’s exact location in real-time. It will even record the position of the vehicle at regular intervals, which almost guarantees its recovery in the unfortunate event of it going walkabouts!

There is additional great news if you are a fleet owner wanting to track the movements of your employees on day-to-day basis as you can use the system to check productivity, work out how long a particular route takes and even how many rest stops they take!

Food for thought

In April 2012 a car rental company in Los Angeles for GPS tracking to recover a Ferrari 458 Italia that had been rented out for a daily rate of $2,000. The rental owner grew suspicious when the tracking system showed no movement from the vehicle for several days and alerted the authorities, who tracked the vehicle to Hong Kong where is had been shipped by a member of a notorious car crime syndicate.

The internet is the perfect place to do research for just about anything. It is especially helpful for researching a new computer to purchase. Most people would rather know what their options, instead of jumping in and buying the first thing they see. If this is the case for you, consider the tips below to help you in your research.

Tip 1: Read the user reviews

User reviews are helpful when looking to purchasing anything online. You can find a review on almost any product. Look for reviews on a specific laptop you’re interested in buying. Sometimes, you can find reviews that rave about companies holding a great laptop sale. You should jump on these reviews. It will help you discover if any of those laptops would be beneficial to you.

The best reviews are those that accompany the product. This means users have tested out the computer or they are currently using it. A great product review will have in-depth information regarding the computer’s performance, its pros and cons, and price value.

Tip 2: Look for online coupons

This is a great way to save money when purchasing a new computer. Some companies will have a coupon code box at the online checkout for you to use. Coupon sites will have up-to-date codes you can use. These offer consumers the opportunity to receive 10%, 15%, or more.

If you shop at a particular online site often, check to see if they are offering special deals on their computers. For instance, during most holidays, some online companies will offer users free shipping or a large discount. Usually, this depends on meeting a specific price limit.

Tip 3: Online reward programs

These programs are offered by many online businesses. Most often, preferred customers or those signed up for their newsletters will receive an offer to join a rewards program. These kinds of programs allow users to save points, or other means of rewards, and apply them to their purchases. Research a couple of different companies, and compare their rewards programs before signing up.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions before you purchase a computer. PC forums can help you decide whether a specific computer is worth the price you found. Sometimes, you can directly ask a moderator for help with the right type of computer to purchase. Also, read several forums and reviews before making a purchase. Having the comments and suggestions from several individuals will help round out your final decision.

When you think about smartphones, or cell phones in general, you automatically seem to think about the iPhone. The brilliant and market leading device – the facts don’t lie, it sells more than all of the others around the world – has got pretty much everything you could possibly want in a phone.

But what happens if you’re an Android fan as opposed to iOS, or you just simply don’t like the iPhone? You certainly have plenty of options for your alternative, including the Samsung Galaxy, which is one of the best cell phones around for those looking for great multimedia packages within their phone.

Taking one specific version of the Galaxy as an example, the Galaxy S Blaze 4G, users have the ability to stream their favourite films through the Internet at super high speeds thanks to its 4G capability and mobile HD. If watching video wasn’t enough, users can record their own using the 720p resolution HD
camcorder, or capture still images with the 5-megapixel camera.

Running the very latest version of the Android operating system, 2.3, (also known as Gingerbread), there is a completely redesigned keyboard as well as a brand new user experience. This is backed up by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor that helps to deliver the amazing quality video and music to your device without
the dreaded buffering or drop outs.

Talk time stands it approximately seven hours, with a standby time of up to 230 hours.

The Galaxy is a truly brilliant phone, but many customers are unaware as to

just how great it is because of how successful the iPhone has proved to be. As mentioned previously, smartphone hunters head straight for the iPhone and consequently miss out on the huge befits associated with the Galaxy.

It provides everything you could possibly want from a smartphone, without the hefty price tag associated with a number of luxury items from the major brands.

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