TRACKER helps police recover Range Rover within just 20 minutes of being stolen
Date: 09 June 2016
Police in Northumbria were able to recover a stolen Range Rover Sport HSE Luxury worth around £35,000 within just twenty minutes thanks to the help of TRACKER, the UK’s leading provider of stolen vehicle solutions (SVR). Once police were notified of the theft, TRACKER, part of the Tantalum Corporation, activated the device, leading them straight to the missing vehicle in record breaking time. The Range Rover was found with false plates attached in Durham where police were able to stop the thieves in their tracks.
Martin Collins, a builder from Sunderland, had a shock when he discovered that his Range Rover Sport had been stolen from outside his home in the early hours of the morning, along with his work van, a Transit Tipper. Thieves had broken into his house and taken both sets of keys and made away with the two vehicles. Not only this, but the work van contained all of Martin’s tools that he needed to run his business.
Fortunately, the Range Rover was fitted with a TRACKER unit, which was crucial in locating the stolen vehicle. Police were able to track down the thieves within twenty minutes of the burglary and return the vehicle to its rightful owner. Although the Transit Tipper was not fitted with a tracking device, police had the theft on file and a couple of days later noticed a driver acting suspiciously in the same area. After pulling the driver over they realised that the van was in fact the vehicle that belonged to Martin Collins.
Commenting on the successful recovery, Martin Collins says, “Without TRACKER I would have lost both my car and my van for good. Losing my car was one thing, as it had a number of my personal possessions inside, but losing the van as well would have been devastating for my business as a builder. Both the tools and the van would have been expensive to replace and there would have been a knock on effect on my future insurance premiums. The thefts overall would have had a significant impact financially. I was very impressed with the service that I received from TRACKER, and would now recommend it to anybody who owns a car. All my vehicles, especially my work vans, will be fitted with a tracking device from now on.”
Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Manager for TRACKER, adds, “Once again TRACKER’s unique relationship with the police has helped to close the net on criminals. This case in particular highlights the value of having a tracking device fitted to your vehicle, as not only does it mean that police have a chance of returning a stolen car, but it also means that other possessions, such as work tools and business reputation, can be protected. A TRACKER unit won’t stop your car being stolen, but it can significantly increase the chances of police finding it if thieves do take it.”
Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for almost 25 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery. TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.