TRACKER urges car owners not to compromise on security protection
Date: 31 October 2014
BBC Watchdog (30th October 2014) has yet again put the spotlight on the shocking risk of keyless car theft, as technology widely available on the internet is being taken advantage of by criminals to reprogramme keys of luxury cars within just minutes.
Whilst manufacturers and the motor industry are urgently working together to address the problem, an immediate layer of protection recommended by the SMMT* and the BBC is to invest in a stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) device. However, warns leading SVR expert TRACKER, car owners should be sure to invest in a tracking device that can’t also be beaten by technology - known as jammers – which are also easily available on the internet.
Andy Barrs, police liaison officer for TRACKER says: “The cars most commonly stolen and recovered by TRACKER were all featured in the Watchdog report. But as news spreads of the ease of which reprogramming devices can be bought online, so does the risk of theft of any car reliant upon keyless technology. It’s not just luxury car owners who should be on their guard.
“Whilst having a tracking device won’t stop your car from being stolen, it will increase the chances of your car being located and recovered by as much as 95%. However, it is crucial that people recognise that not all tracking devices are the same. The most successful are those that don’t rely on GPS alone, as these are vulnerable to ‘jamming’ which uses technology designed to block the devices meant to track stolen cars.”
Unlike any other SVR provider, TRACKER combines VHF, GSM and GPS** technology to accurately pinpoint where a stolen vehicle is located. This combination of technology makes it the most robust tracking device available today – and importantly – immune to GPS and GSM jammers.
“It is not illegal to import, sell, buy or possess systems such as key reprogrammers or jammers, both of which can be used to bypass technology installed in most modern cars,” continues Andy Barrs. “We strongly advise consumers to choose a system that provides the most resilient SVR solution which uses unique VHF technology, offering motorists effective safeguards against theft, even if the GPS does fail as a result of jamming .”
TRACKER is the only SVR solution to be used by all of the UK’s police forces which is why installing one of its units can significantly increase the chance of police locating and returning a stolen vehicle. TRACKER’s 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. Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage, container or underground car park.
Top Cars Most Commonly Stolen & Recovered By TRACKER
1. BMW X5
2. BMW M3
3. Mercedes C Class
4. Audi S4
5. BMW M5
6. BMW 3 Series
7. Range Rover Sport
8. Range Rover Vogue, Audi S3
9. Mercedes E Class, BMW 5 Series, Porsche 911