How GPS Tracking can combat car theft
In the UK a car is stolen every 6 minutes, head over the pond and it only gets worse, with one car being stolen every 26 seconds!! With statistics like this you’d be mad not to try and protect yourself from car theft, but what exactly can you do to stop opportunists from stealing your car?
With criminals getting more and more inventive it’s up to us to foil their plans and GPS Tracking Systems are a great way to do just that. Reports have shown that since GPS Tracking became available, car theft has decreased significantly; in some American states police forces have reported a massive 78% reduction in the amount of reported car thefts. However, if you are lucky enough to live in California then you have even more reason to protect yourself from car theft, data captured by the National Insurance Crime Bureau show that 8 of the top 10 areas with the highest rate of car theft are in California. Although a slightly less sunny climate, Chislehurst, Bromley is Britain’s number one hotspot for car theft, according to Money Supermarket.
GPS tracking systems are no bigger than a mobile phone and can be easily concealed in all types of vehicles, including trailers and lorries as well as cars. Your tracking system will allow you to pinpoint exactly where your vehicle is and gain remote access so if it should be stolen recovery is almost guaranteed. Many insurance companies are now offering a discount on insurance premiums for cars that are protected by anti-theft tracking systems, so as well as protecting your car you will be protecting your pocket.
In April 2012 the owner of an exotic car rental company in Los Angeles used GPS tracking to recover a Ferrari 458 Italia that had been rented out for $2,000 per day. The owner grew suspicious when his tracking system showed that the vehicle had been stationary for a number of days after renting and police tracked the car down to Hong Kong where it had been shipped, along with other vehicles worth £1.5 million, by a member of an international car crime syndicate.
However, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s only luxury vehicles that will benefit from GPS tracking systems, in the UK the vehicle most likely to be stolen is a Ford Transit Van. Thanks to its value for scrap metal and the likelihood that it will be full of tools, the Ford Transit is a favourite amongst car thieves.
Car theft is an issue wherever you are and whatever car you drive, protect yourself with anti-theft devices including GPS tracking systems to ensure your car can be recovered if it is stolen.
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