Earlier this year, police in El Mirage, Arizona, arrested 3 males involved in the theft of a company vehicle. The offenders were determined to hold onto the car too; it took tear gas and a SWAT team to flush them out of the residence in which they’d holed themselves up. But the vehicle was recovered, thanks to a GPS monitoring device previously installed by the proprietors of the company and tracked directly to the thieves, who were immediately charged with the crime and taken to jail.
A possible reason for the criminals’ swiping the car? Besides theft of the vehicle, at least one of them was connected with a chop shop. Whether the company vehicle itself was intended to be dismantled for parts or to carry other illegally gained car parts, scrap metal, and other equipment was not reported, but both goals are two of the most common reasons for vehicle theft from companies. Since it doesn’t take long to make a stolen car “disappear,” the GPS device may well have made the difference between recovering the vehicle or losing it for good.
GPS Tracking as a Deterrent to Misuse of Company Vehicles
Even when a company owns only a few vehicles, GPS tracking is an indispensable tool in preventing theft. Beyond outright theft, electronic monitoring enables owners and managers to know exactly what employees are doing in their vehicles when off property or on the job. Tracking equipment signals can report back most commonly via mobile device app or online software accounts the current location and direction of the vehicle at any given time. If drivers with a preset route deviate off course, supervisors will know about it, discouraging company vehicle use for unauthorized stops or for work other than with the company that owns it. For some businesses, speed and driving safety are of concern. GPS tracking can relay that too—the driver’s varying velocity at any coordinate—to deter breaking legal speed limits.
In addition to tracking the vehicle itself, GPS monitoring can be used to prevent taking company equipment. For long-haul companies transporting expensive items like big appliances, computers, tablets, or other electronic devices (or even carrying new automobiles themselves), GPS tracking of company goods is quickly gaining a reputation as being worth the cost and effort.