Car theft is no longer as common as it was in the 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century, but the phenomenon is still a real problem. According to the data, 20 vehicles disappear from Polish streets every day, of which only some can be recovered. Securing the four wheels is not easy at all, because thieves have advanced equipment that makes it possible to break even the most advanced security systems. GPS locators can help – we explain how to check the location of a car after theft with their help.
What can GPS monitoring do?
Factory alarms and mechanical locks that allow a steering wheel or gear lever to be immobilized are practically no obstacle for car thieves today. Thieves have at their disposal the equipment with which they are able to bypass almost all security features, without leaving any signs of break-in – thanks to this, a car can easily go abroad, where it is sold or dismantled for parts. To prevent this from happening, car owners more and more often decide to install a GPS locator – especially in vintage, expensive vehicles or in vehicles with components desired on the market.
Even a relatively simple and cheap GPS transmitter will make it possible to remotely track a stolen car. The locator sends a notification about any unauthorized movement of a car, thanks to which the owner can immediately find out that the vehicle changes its location without his knowledge. Depending on personal preferences, a special alert may come via SMS, e-mail or a message in the mobile application. In addition to the location itself, the system also makes it possible to check the exact route, direction of movement, and even the speed at which the vehicle was moving.
Locating a vehicle with the help of a GPS device is simple and realistically increases the chances of a quick recovery of stolen property – even when it has been hidden on a private property, underground parking lot or in a metal container. As the data shows, cars equipped with tracking systems are recovered in 98% of cases within 24 hours of theft.
What does the operation of a GPS locator consist in?
The first step is, of course, to mount a transmitter in a car. For this purpose, it is necessary to choose a place that is inconspicuous – otherwise, thieves will easily find the equipment and get rid of it. Practice suggests that the GPS locator is best hidden in the engine compartment, wheel arch or boot partition. It is therefore worth buying a model that is equipped with a magnetic catch and its own power supply (the battery in radio location systems can last up to several years), because it will allow it to be securely mounted in a hard-to-reach space.
Now all you need to do is install an application on a phone that makes it possible to operate a car GPS receiver – the software works with both Android and iOS. Access to the platform is also possible via any web browser. In both cases, the program provides a map on which the location of the transmitter is marked, so you can determine the location of a vehicle in real time – with an accuracy of up to several meters. In addition to the address itself, it is also possible to read other parameters, such as the speed at which the vehicle is currently moving.
All information makes it possible to quickly become familiar with the situation not only for the owner, but also for the police. Thanks to the exact coordinates, the services will be able to take appropriate steps to recover the stolen vehicle.