TRACKER helps police locate stolen motorcycle worth £7,000
Date: 20 September 2016
TRACKER, the leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) provider played a key role assisting the Metropolitan Police in recovering a stolen Triumph Tiger. Luckily, the motorbike was fitted with a TRACKER unit, which led police straight to the vehicle. With the Metropolitan Police Service reporting a 44% increase in motorbike theft in London – compared to a 40% increase nationally - TRACKER urges owners to see this successful recovery as a call to step up their own security.
The black Triumph Tiger, worth £7,000, was fitted with Battery Powered TRACKER Retrieve, when it was stolen from a London home; it was the third time a bike had been stolen from this address in the last 2 years. Fortunately, once the TRACKER unit was activated, the silent homing signal played a crucial role in helping Metropolitan Police locate and recover the vehicle within 48 hours.
Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Manager at TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation) explains, “A significant number of scooters and motorcycles are being ‘cloned’ – given the identity of a legitimate bike already on the road – and then sold on to innocent third parties or dealers. In fact, 80% of all cloned motorcycles end up in the dealer network**, usually being part-exchanged against a new bike, meaning dealers are suffering as well as the general public.
“Luckily the customer had TRACKER’s award-winning SVR technology fitted to the motorcycle, allowing us to work with police to stop thieves in their tracks. This was a great result, sending a clear message to the criminals and reuniting yet another owner with their stolen vehicle. Whilst our tracking devices will not prevent a bike from being stolen, they will significantly increase the chances of police locating and retrieving the bike before it’s broken down for parts.”
Specially developed to protect unpowered or infrequently used assets to avoid draining the battery, Battery Powered TRACKER Retrieve has its own power source and does not need to be wired into the electrical system of a vehicle, making it ideal for motorcycles, including vintage bikes.
Using patented VHF technology it can track stolen motorcycles and scooters, even if they are hidden in containers, lock-ups or underground car parks. The high tech tracking technology is not stopped by GPS/GSM signal jammers and the signal can be picked up throughout the UK, as well as France, Spain, Poland, Holland, Luxembourg and Italy - perfect for those planning a summertime ride across Europe. Adrian Davenport concludes: “Quite a number of bikes are broken down for parts and shipped to the EU, with Eastern Europe offering a particularly thriving market for stolen bike and parts from the UK.”