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TRACKER helps police recover stolen Mercedes Sprinter in Essex
Date: 17 February 2016
Essex could be on the verge of another spate of Mercedes Sprinter van thefts, as a local business man in Ilford is targeted for vehicle theft twice within two months. TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), the leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) provider, has assisted the Metropolitan Police in recovering the stolen Mercedes Sprinter worth £11,000. The van belonging to Mr. Afzal was stolen from outside his home in Ilford, Essex in the early hours of the morning but was quickly recovered by the police in East London.
Mr. Afzal, a local butcher said, “I‘d bought this van to replace another which had also been stolen a couple of months ago. To my horror, my new van was stolen within hours of bringing it home. Thankfully, I had had a TRACKER device fitted to the replacement van, so the police were able to locate and recover it before there had been any serious damage. In addition to facing a rise in the cost of my insurance premiums, I rely on my van for business, so losing another van would have had serious financial implications for me. Needless to say, I was thrilled to get it back so quickly.”
“Eighteen months ago, there was a spike in Mercedes Sprinter thefts in the Essex and London areas. These vans were being stolen to dismantle and ship overseas, usually to Eastern Europe, so Mr. Afzal is lucky that he had learnt from past experience and had a tracking device fitted,” adds Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison manager at TRACKER.
“An SVR device may not stop a vehicle from being stolen but it does increase the chances of police recovering and returning the vehicle to its owner. TRACKER’s technology uses a combination of GSM, VHF and GPS meaning vehicles can be located even if they are underground, in garages or in shipping containers. TRACKER provides a greater level of protection to its customers than any of its competitors, assisting the police on a daily basis in tackling vehicle theft head on.”