Without question, vehicle security has come a long way in recent times. In the past 20 years, the UK has been enjoying steadily declining theft rates, with modern vehicles now coming complete with intricate alarm systems and reliable immobilisers. Due to advancements in technology, stealing a vehicle has suddenly become far more difficult than it once was.
However, these technological advances are now being blamed for a sudden spike in stolen cars, as thieves begin to target vehicles featuring innovative keyless entry systems. By hacking the signal and tricking the car into thinking the key is nearby, thieves can get easy access to expensive vehicles and simply drive them off into the distance.
The result has been a sudden 56% increase in stolen vehicles, with Statista showing that well over 100,000 vehicles were reported stolen last year—the highest rates for almost 10 years. In the face of such startling crime rates, you’ll undoubtedly want to improve the security of your vehicle and take extra precautions, which is why you should consider installing a reliable GPS car tracker.
What is a Vehicle GPS Tracker?
Working through a network of orbital satellites, a GPS tracker is a small, portable device which allows you to pinpoint the exact location of your vehicle. Although some can be plugged into an accessory power socket in the vehicle (such as a cigarette lighter), battery-powered models can be installed in much more discreet locations.
Either way, once you’ve got the tracker properly installed, you can use your computer or mobile device to view its position in real-time. In addition, most modern trackers will provide you with a full history of where the vehicle has been, while fleet operators use them to optimise their routes and improve delivery times.
How a GPS Tracker Can Keep Your Vehicle Safe
Real-Time Tracking and Alerts
When you’ve installed a GPS tracker, you’ll know exactly where your vehicle is at all times. Whether you’re keeping an eye on your personal car or a full fleet of lorries, modern trackers can reliably locate a vehicle and allow you to monitor it remotely at all hours of the day. Not only will this help you sleep a little easier and provide a little peace of mind, it also helps to significantly improve the security of your vehicle.
Instead of obsessively checking every five minutes, most trackers allow you to set up notifications for when your vehicle has been moved or ventured outside of its designated area. Although they perhaps won’t prevent the initial theft, the rapid alert sent by GPS trackers ensures you can react quickly to any unfortunate situations and swiftly notify the authorities.
Improve Chances of Theft Recovery
When you’re able to react so quickly to a potential theft, you stand a much better chance of recovering the vehicle. Of course, the ability to then track its exact position only increases those odds, unless the thieves have discovered the tracker and discarded it somewhere (which is why it can be so important to install it in a hidden location).
According to last year’s crime statistics, 77% of stolen vehicle investigations are never resolved; in some parts of the country, that figure is a lot closer to 90%. However, the installation of a vehicle tracker obviously makes it much easier for the authorities to trace a stolen vehicle and recover it, while this extra security measure could also significantly reduce your insurance premiums.
Encouraging Safe Driving
Improving the security of your vehicle isn’t just about preventing theft, and GPS trackers can be used to improve the safety and overall behaviour of a particular driver. For example, if you’re a concerned parent hoping to keep an eye on a new teen driver, a vehicle tracker means you can always see where they are and pinpoint their location in the event of an emergency.
When a driver knows that their speed, route and fuel consumption are being monitored, they’ll inevitably be much more conscious of how they behave on the road. Although this might feel a little extreme for some parents, the ability to track a vehicle’s live location and view its journey history is an invaluable feature for fleet operators.
Of course, if you’re encouraging safer driving and eradicating any bad habits, the risk of accident will be significantly reduced—ensuring that your vehicle (and its driver) remain safe from harm.