When Interwest Construction Inc. realized one of their trucks had been stolen, they immediately activated the company’s in-vehicle fleet GPS tracking system. Next thing you know, the chase was on. Police were able to successfully recover the stolen vehicle in less than 24 hours.
According to Fleet Manager Kristal Wagner, “We had a truck stolen on Monday during the night. Tuesday morning, when the foreman was panicking & calling the sheriff, I used the the real-time GPS tracking system to pull up the vehicle’s exact location and gave the Sheriff the information. We recovered the truck within a couple of hours. Some small items that weren’t valuable were stolen from the truck, but the vehicle was not harmed at all!”
A car is stolen every 26 seconds in America, according to The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Nearly half of these stolen vehicles are never recovered, and are commonly scrapped for parts or smuggled to another country.
GPS fleet tracking systems are recommended to all drivers by NICB’s vehicle protection approach recommends four layers of security based on the risk factors pertaining to a specific vehicle. Fleet Tracking Systems are one such layer, and are described by the NICB as “very effective” in helping police recover stolen vehicles. Vehicle GPS tracking systems are an important and integrated part of the “layered approach” to protecting fleet vehicles.
Every year the NICB produces a list of the top ten vehicles that are most wanted by thieves. This list has the effect of alerting owners to the dangers of having these vehicles and hopefully, motivating them to do something about it. That “something” should include the purchase of a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking system.
GPS fleet tracking devices that allow an owner to track in real-time, the location of their vehicle helps in recovery efforts should their car become stolen. And, with possible reductions in insurance premiums for having and installing one, the unit pays for itself over time.
There are dozens of other reasons to have a vehicle tracking device such as FieldLogix installed. But suffice it to say that this reason is at the top of the list. Being proactive about vehicle theft prevention will help keep you from becoming a victim. And that is peace of mind we all can use.