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How many stolen vehicles can you fit into a container?

Date: 19 September 2013

The latest haul of recovered vehicles by leading stolen vehicle recovery expert TRACKER, highlights that being a car thief can be a lucrative business.  Photos just made available to TRACKER following a long police investigation clearly show the ingenuity of organised criminals and the lengths they will go to when exporting stolen vehicles abroad.

A Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 had been reported stolen from Leicestershire and the tracking unit fitted to the car was activated. Through a joint operation between the police and TRACKER, the Mercedes-Benz was tracked through West Midlands and Warwickshire.  It was finally located by Thames Valley Police Air Support Unit crammed into a shipping container on the back of a lorry parked up on Chieveley Motorway Services in Berkshire.

Stuart Chapman, police liaison officer for TRACKER says, “It is amazing how many vehicles these professional car thieves will fit into one container. Due to the strengths of TRACKER’s technology, the VHF signal was still picked up by the police helicopter despite it being in the container. If we’d relied purely on a GPS signal the vehicles would be abroad by now.”

A favoured target of car thieves, last year over £2 million worth of Mercedes-Benz were recovered by TRACKER, the stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) expert. In the UK a car gets stolen every five minutes, with half of them never seen again*. In total over £12.5 million worth of cars were recovered by TRACKER in 2012.

TRACKER is the ONLY stolen vehicle recovery system operated by all Police Forces across the UK. The SVR 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 car tracking solutions, the device works even if the vehicle is hidden in a garage or shipping container.

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