Two recent crime spates have emphasised the importance of vehicle tracking systems.
The first concerned the theft of a quad bike from a school in Derby. The bike had been parked in a locked outbuilding, together with a trailer and £10,000-worth of gardening equipment.
Thieves broke into the building at Ockenden School and took the lot. However, not only did CCTV show three men causing criminal damage at the site and taking the goods, but a tracker system fitted to the bike lead police to the home of a fourth party.
When they arrived at Aaron Hame's home in Chellaston, police found the quad bike, trailer and gardening equipment stored in a shed. The bungling thieves had been apparently unaware of this security measure, landing them in hot water while the bike, tailer and equipment were returned safely to the school.
The same can't be said for Ottershaw resident and automotive expert, Samuel Cise, whose Land Rover was stolen in what appears to be a worrying criminal trend, getsurrey.co.uk writes.
Twenty-three Land Rovers have been stolen in the south east this year and Cise believes they are being stripped for parts. His car was found only ten miles from his home; just the chassis and body left. The parts are typically sold individually as they are unnumbered and interchangeable, thus easy to sell on.
Cise said his car had particular sentimental value and he wished he'd fitted it with a vehicle tracker: "If only I had a tracker on that car. I got home half an hour after it was stolen. It wouldn't have got that far and the police would have got to it.
"My advice as an expert and as a victim is to put a tracker on it."