Car theft statistics show that car theft is going down every year, probably because cars are now much harder to steal, and many now have GPS locating devices. However, crooks are getting ever smarter and more resourceful. Everyone hopes that their car will stay where it was parked. If taken, knowing its location will obviously help with its retrieval. The time to install a locating or alerting device into a vehicle is before it's taken!
Our devices are capable of alerting car owners in four ways:
Choosing the right alert option needs considerable thought. Sending Arm/Disarm Device and turning Zones on and off are free - i.e. they do not use SMS or position credits.
The options to power a tracker in a car are:
The choice of how the device is powered and its location depends on how well the connection and its associated wires need to be concealed, and difficult for thieves to find. Our Accessories range has a range of battery packs and enclosures for devices if wired inside, and located in, an engine compartment to preserve the device in this hostile environment. The cigarette lighter socket is an obvious but easily discovered power source. Connections directly across battery terminals are also relatively discoverable. All automotive electrical connections should be made by persons with approriate competences to assure safety and avoid undesirable consequences, such as short-circuits. Remember that our devices can still alert when disconnected from their power source. Discovery of the tracker may lead to its loss, but hopefully the retrieval of the vehicle!
The Prime1 device has an integral antenna which needs to be able to receive the GPS radio signals to make first and subsequent satelite fixes when switched on. The first fix takes much more time and power than subsequent ones. To save time, the first fix should be done near a window if inside. The Prime2 has an internal antenna and a port for an external antenna, which can be mounted in a higher signal strength location than that of the tracker. External antennae are available in our Accessories section.
Putting one of our geo-locating and alerting GPS device into the car driven by a young or inexperienced driver, especially if it's a powerful vehicle, is a prudent safety measure. The tracker could be self-powered of plugged into the cigarette lighter power outlet. This would allow parents to see the vehicle's location and speed in real-time when it's moving. This should theoretically lead to better, more responsible driving and thereby improved safety. It is strongly recommended that the driver(s) be made aware of its presence and purpose, and ideally agree to it. It could also provide useful information if there's an accident. The position reporting interval should be set to a low value(under 60 secs) for the data to be useful.