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.

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