Vehicle safety is a serious concern. For many people, their vehicle has a value that is greater than the dollar amount. Vehicles enable you to do more, both for business and pleasure. Your car may be unique or highly collectible; it probably has a lot of aftermarket adjustments added to it that can’t be replaced easily.
Whatever your reason for wanting to secure your vehicle, there are special security devices that can help you. A car gps tracker is a small investment compared to the expense and heartache that may come with having to replace a lost or stolen vehicle.
Is a vehicle tracker really necessary?
Every year thousands of cars are stolen. Current estimates state that a vehicle is stolen every 26 seconds! The National Insurance Crime Bureau states that approximately 1.2 million vehicles were stolen in 2006 but in 2004 only 13% of thefts resulted in someone being arrested. There are hundreds of thousands of vehicles that are completely unaccounted for. Auto theft rates are on the rise in the western United States and states such as California, Arizona and Washington appear on the list of states with the highest number of reported vehicle thefts. While expensive, rare, and valuable cars are frequent targets of thieves, many of the vehicles stolen most often are four-door sedans from the mid-1990s. Anyone is a potential target and a GPS tracking device can help keep you from becoming a statistic.
How do trackers work?
Gps devices work by connecting to a satellite network which performs tracking of the device’s precise location. Data conveyed via satellite networks can track movement in addition to position. Many devices are monitored through a security agency that communicates directly with the vehicle owner. This allows security agents to contact law enforcement as soon as unauthorized vehicle use is detected.
Adding a tracker to your vehicle
Most people who buy a car gps tracker for safety reasons choose a device that is powered by the vehicle’s own electrical system. This tracker is embedded in the system and must be installed and removed by an experienced mechanic. Unlike battery-powered trackers, these don’t need to be recharged at any time. They will continue to operate as long as there is electricity available.
Battery-powered trackers are a good choice for short-term security needs. For example, if you want to know where your teen driver spends time or if you want to reduce unauthorized use of a company fleet vehicle, you may not need to install a built-in tracker in the vehicle. Battery powered trackers provide the same type of data. The life of a fully charged battery will depend on the model you get; As a general rule, the larger the tracker, the greater its battery life. Some models are motion activated and can operate at minimum power when stationary; full operation begins when the tracker senses movement.
Vehicle safety is a concern for every car owner and it may be that standard precautions are not enough to protect your particular vehicle. You can greatly increase the security of your car through the use of a GPS tracking device.
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