By Greg Bartlett
Aspiring auto thieves should reconsider their vocation. Not only is it harder to get into vehicles these days with the locking mechanisms and precautions that owners usually take, and harder to start a car without an actual key with a microchip inside, it’s harder to simply get away with it. Those who buy cars legitimately aren’t pleased when auto thieves target their car, and some are taking steps to prevent it. Often those steps may take the form of a GPS tracking unit.
GPS tracking devices are small and can be hidden securely in hard-to-find locations, making it nearly impossible for an auto thief to quickly find and remove the device during the few minutes he or she has while trying to steal the vehicle. And the auto thief will definitely want it gone, unless he or she wants the police to know exactly where the car is. After all, the GPS tracking unit will inform the car’s owner when the car is moved and then will continue to track the progress of the car, including speed, stops, and length of time at each stop, allowing the owner to notify police and direct them to the exact location of the car, perhaps with the auto thief still inside.
For instance, car thieves recently broke into a rent-a-car place in Canada took four new trucks. The problem was that each truck had a GPS tracking unit inside. Within just a couple hours after the theft, police were headed in pursuit of the trucks, soon locating one of them and apprehending a couple as they tried to escape on foot. The other trucks were recovered soon after.
Furthermore, GPS devices can be equipped to shut off the car remotely if the owner realizes the car has been stolen, and rest assured, if the owner comes out after shopping and finds the car gone, he or she will know the vehicle was stolen. The owner will probably then shut off the car, making it impossible for the auto thief to continue driving it away. The GPS unit may even be able to lock the thief in the car until police arrive.
For those considering auto theft, don’t. Not only is it a poor career choice, the chances of you being caught are diminishing, thanks to the use GPS. And for those who legitimately own cars, use a GPS tracking unit. It may save your car.