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TRACKER helps police recover stolen Fiat 500 in Essex
Date: 06 March 2015
Police in Essex were led straight to the location of a stolen Fiat 500, with the assistance of TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), the UK’s leading provider of stolen vehicle recovery systems (SVR). On reporting the vehicle stolen by the owner, the TRACKER unit was activated. A police helicopter picked up the signal on its way back to base from another job, leading officers on the ground straight to the stolen vehicle.
The National Air Police Service (NAPS) has TRACKER’s SVR equipment in their helicopters and this was crucial in recovering the stolen Fiat 500. The crew of NPAS Boreham played an instrumental role in directing their colleagues on the ground to a lock-up containing the Fiat 500 and one other stolen vehicle. As a result, one person was subsequently arrested in conncection with the theft.
Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Officer for TRACKER, explains, “We've seen a significant increase in the number of Fiat 500s stolen in London and the Home Counties. It appears these models are becoming quite desirable and are probably being stolen to order or shipped abroad. This case clearly demonstrates that car owners are taking security seriously and are installing our tracking units to protect their pride and joy.
“In the last few weeks, air patrol and crews from Boreham, Essex and St Athan, South Wales, have been directly responsible for a number of vehicle recoveries. It validates that our partnership with the police, ground and air crews, is vital in the recovery of stolen vehicles. TRACKER is the only SVR product that is used by all UK police forces, with vital support provided by police air crews.”
Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. 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.