The auto industry, in cooperation with police departments, has had great success using GPS theft recovery devices—dealers and owners alike can rest easier knowing that, if someone were able to make off with a vehicle, all they would have to do is contact the police and tell them where the GPS signal was currently transmitting from. There is another category of vehicles that could be an even better market for these types of recovery devices, and now a company named Inilex has created the first one tailored toward this market.
Powersport vehicles are small, motorized pieces of equipment, like ATVs, snowmobiles, and jet skis. Thieves target these small vehicles even more than cars, because they are very easy to transport. They can just toss them into a pickup truck or large van, without even turning them on. These popular vehicles are usually worth a lot of money, so a quick, successful theft often pays off.
Unless, that is, that ATV is equipped with Inilex’s GPS theft recovery system, called SkyLINK PowerSport. Once the owner turns the vehicle off, the device sets itself to broadcast an alert if it is moved. The equipment is very small so it remains hidden from criminals’ view, and it runs on only a minimal amount of the vehicle’s battery power. This part of the device turns off as soon as you turn the key.
As with other anti-theft systems based on GPS, police simply follow the signal to the vehicle’s location in order to recover it. Because of the way law enforcement agencies prioritize reported crimes, a crime “in progress” receives immediate attention, and a moving GPS theft recovery device qualifies as a crime in progress. Thefts are usually resolved and equipment returned to the owners within a day.
This gadget also has some very useful qualities even when no one is trying to steal it. If a friend wants to borrow your snowmobile and you have less than complete confidence in his driving abilities, you can set the SkyLINK device to alert you if its moving speed, location, or other indicators get outside your preset boundaries. Then all you have to do is make a quick phone call and tell your reckless buddy to get off the bike.