In the fast-paced world of business, especially for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), efficient fleet management is crucial.

Whether you’re running a delivery service, transportation company or a fleet of service vehicles, keeping track of your assets is paramount to success.

This is where Scorpion Automotive comes into play, offering cutting-edge fleet tracking solutions tailored for SMEs in the UK. In this blog, we’ll delve into the features and benefits of Scorpion Automotive, and how it can revolutionise the way you manage your fleet.

Understanding Scorpion Automotive

Here at Infiniti, we are incredibly proud to offer Scorpion Automotive as a solution to our fleet customers. They are the leading provider of vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions, specifically designed to meet the needs of SMEs in the UK, so it’s a perfect fit for us and you!

With years of experience and innovation, Scorpion Automotive has developed a suite of features that helps you streamline fleet operations, improve efficiency and ultimately boost profitability.

Key Features for SMEs

Live Mapping

One of the standout features of Scorpion Automotive is its real-time tracking capability. With GPS technology integrated into each vehicle, you can monitor the exact location of your fleet at any given moment via integration with Google Maps and Street View.

This feature is invaluable for optimising routes, responding to customer inquiries and ensuring timely deliveries.

Driver Behaviour Monitoring

Monitoring driver behaviour is essential for promoting safety and reducing risk. Scorpion Automotive tracks various metrics such as speed, harsh braking and acceleration, allowing you to identify and address risky behaviours.

This not only improves safety but can also lead to lower insurance premiums and maintenance costs across your fleet.

Custom Geofencing

Geofencing enables you to create virtual boundaries around specific areas. With Scorpion Automotive, you can set up geofences for customer locations, depots or restricted zones.

You’ll receive alerts whenever a vehicle enters or exits these areas, giving you greater control over your fleet’s movements.

Maintenance Reminders

Keeping your vehicles properly maintained is essential for reliability and longevity. Scorpion Automotive helps you stay on top of maintenance schedules by sending automatic reminders for servicing, inspections and other routine tasks.

By proactively addressing maintenance issues, you can avoid costly breakdowns and downtime.

Reporting

Scorpion Automotive integrates seamlessly with your business, which allows you to streamline your operations. Additionally, the software provides detailed reports on various metrics, such as fuel consumption, mileage and driver performance, enabling you to make informed decisions and identify areas for improvement.

Benefits for SMEs in the UK

  • Cost Savings: By optimising routes, reducing fuel consumption and minimising vehicle wear and tear, Scorpion Automotive can lead to significant cost savings for your business.
  • Improved Customer Service: With real-time tracking and accurate ETAs, you can provide better service to your customers, leading to increased satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Enhanced Security: Scorpion Automotive’s theft prevention features, such as remote immobilisation and tamper alerts, help protect your valuable assets from theft and unauthorised use.
  • Compliance and Accountability: By monitoring driver behaviour and adherence to regulations, you can ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations, reducing the risk of fines and legal issues.
  • Scalability: Whether you’re managing a small fleet or a growing operation, Infiniti Tracking and Scorpion Automotive can scale with your business, adapting to your changing needs and requirements.

When buying through Infiniti Tracking, our Scorpion Automotive fleet tracking software offers a comprehensive fleet tracking solution tailored specifically for SMEs in the UK. With its advanced features, intuitive interface, and proven track record, it’s the ideal choice for businesses looking to streamline their operations, improve efficiency, and stay ahead of the competition. If you’re ready to take your fleet management to the next level, consider investing in Scorpion Automotive today.

By leveraging the power of technology and data, you can unlock new opportunities for growth and success, ensuring that your business remains agile, competitive, and profitable in the years to come.

If you want to take control of your fleet management, please give our dedicated Customer Service Team a call on 0330 043 3993 between 9am and 6pm, Mon – Fri and we’ll get your fleet moving in all the right directions.

Car crime remains a prevalent concern in many cities worldwide, and Manchester here in the UK, is no exception.

Following on from a recent blog (linked here) in which we looked at three car crime hotspots in the UK and how they impact those who live and work there, we wanted to delve into those areas in more detail, starting with Manchester.

Despite advancements in vehicle security technology, symbolised by the amazing trackers we sell, criminals continuously adapt their methods to exploit vulnerabilities. It’s a never-ending game of cat-and-mouse and never more prevalent than in large cities like Greater Manchester.

This area and the police force that covers it, are not just limited to the city centre; it also covers large towns like Bolton, Stockport and Rochdale, along with several surrounding smaller suburbs and villages.

The worst district, at least by postcode, is M2 but this includes shopping areas, the Manchester Central Convention Complex (formerly known as the GMEX) and hotel districts, with theft from a motor vehicle representing half of all offences committed here.

As would might expect, car crime drops considerably as you move away from the city centre into the suburbs, with cars parked in the M1 postcode being almost twice as safe as those parked in the city centre but still at a high risk. You’d have to be in M33 to tangibly limit your risk.

Whilst it might seem counter-intuitive, these stats confirm the notion that criminals always prefer the anonymity of bustling shopping districts compared to the quieter suburbs where they might be more noticeable. Hiding in plain sight you might say.

In this article, we delve into the current landscape of car crime in Manchester, exploring recent statistics, common theft techniques employed by thieves and, more importantly, effective preventive measures.

Understanding the Scope

According to recent reports by Greater Manchester Police (GMP), car crime remains a significant issue in the region. Moreover, incidents such as vandalism, break-ins and theft from vehicles contribute to the overall concern regarding vehicle security.

As we’ve previously shown, the city of Manchester has one of the highest rates of car crime in the UK (per 10,000 registered vehicles). In real terms, this means that 3 out of every 10 vehicles are subjected to some form of attack. Hopefully, you’re not one of them.

Methods Employed by Car Thieves

Car thieves employ various tactics ranging from traditional low-fi methods to far more sophisticated techniques. Some of the common strategies include:

Keyless Entry Theft: With the rise of keyless entry systems in almost all modern cars, criminals have adapted by using relay devices to intercept the signals between key fobs and vehicles. By amplifying the key’s signal, thieves can unlock and start vehicles without needing physical access to the keys themselves. You might think they’re safe in your house or bag, but think again.

Jamming Signals: Thieves can also use signal jamming devices to disrupt remote locking systems, preventing owners from properly securing their vehicles. This technique is often employed in crowded areas such as parking lots, where owners may not even notice the failed locking signal.

Lock Picking and Key Cloning: Traditional methods like lock picking and key cloning are still prevalent, especially among more opportunistic thieves. By gaining physical access to the vehicle, criminals can bypass security systems and create duplicates of keys for future thefts.

Towing: Old school for sure, but in some cases, thieves still resort to towing vehicles away to secluded locations where they can dismantle or sell them for parts. Something much more common in larger cities with a steady supply of victims. This method is more common for larger vehicles or those parked in isolated areas. Don’t think that just because you don’t have a luxury or high-end car you’re safe. Thieves looking to steal cars for parts focus on the more ‘everyday’ car because they know the supply for parts is much larger.

Preventive Measures: Safeguarding Your Vehicle

While car crime hotspots like Manchester pose a persistent threat, there are several proactive measures you can take to minimise the risk of theft:

Invest in Security Technology: Consider installing additional security features such as steering wheel locks, wheel clamps, and immobilisers to deter thieves. High-quality alarm systems with motion sensors and GPS tracking capabilities can also help in recovering stolen vehicles. We have a wide range of these right here in our store.

Secure Parking: Where possible, park your vehicle in well-lit, populated areas. Utilise secure parking facilities with CCTV surveillance and manned patrols to reduce the likelihood of theft.

Key Management: Be vigilant with your key fob and avoid leaving it unattended or visible near entry points. Store keys in a secure location within your home to prevent unauthorised access.

Signal Blocking Devices: To combat relay attacks, consider using signal-blocking pouches (like a Faraday case) or cases to shield key fobs from potential interception. These inexpensive accessories can effectively prevent unauthorised access to your vehicle’s entry system.

Regular Maintenance: Keep your vehicle well-maintained to ensure all security features are functioning correctly. Check for any signs of tampering or attempted theft, such as scratches around the locks or dashboard.

Community Vigilance: Stay informed about car crime trends in your area, no matter where you live, and communicate with neighbours to share information and raise awareness. Reporting suspicious activities to the authorities can help prevent future incidents.

Insurance Coverage: Review your insurance policy to ensure adequate coverage against theft and vandalism. Consider adding comprehensive coverage to protect your vehicle in case of theft or damage. We have a range of insurance-approved trackers right here.

There’s no denying that car crime remains a significant concern for motorists in Manchester and across the UK with thieves employing various tactics to steal your vehicles but by understanding the current landscape of car crime and implementing preventive measures, we can help you effectively safeguard your vehicles against theft and vandalism.

By investing in security technology like the incredible trackers in our store, but also practising good key management and staying vigilant, we can all reduce the risk of falling victim to car crime and enjoy peace of mind on the roads of Manchester and further afield.

If you need any help with choosing the right tracker for your car, van, motorbike, motorhome or trailer, please get in touch with our dedicated Customer Support team. They are available between 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday, on 0330 043 3993 and will be more than happy to assist you no matter where you live. Remember, UK-wide installations is available at a time and place to suit you.

In today’s era of advanced vehicle security, investing in a reliable car tracker is essential for safeguarding your prized possession against theft.

Among the plethora of options available, Thatcham-approved S5-rated trackers stand out as the gold standard in providing comprehensive security solutions.

Among these, three names consistently rise to the top; the ScorpionTrack S5 VTS, Meta Track S5 VTS, and the SmarTrack S5 D-iD. In this blog, we’ll delve into the features of each of these incredible trackers and explore why they are hailed as the best S5-rated Thatcham trackers in the UK and how you can buy them from us.

ScorpionTrack S5 VTS

As a company, ScorpionTrack products have always stood out for their comprehensive security features and reliable performance and the S5 VTS is no exception.

Its automatic driver recognition and tamper alerts make it an excellent choice for those seeking robust protection against theft and unauthorised access. Moreover, its extensive European coverage ensures peace of mind for travellers.

In addition, its vast array of features includes:

  1. Phone Tag Feature: Use your Smartphone as an ADR tag (optional). This removes the need to carry a tag or fob, giving customers a convenient and user-friendly S5 tracking system.
  2. 24/7 Monitoring: The ScorpionTrack S5 VTS offers round-the-clock monitoring, ensuring your vehicle is protected at all times. It employs advanced GPS/GSM technology to track your vehicle’s location accurately.
  3. Automatic Driver Recognition: As mentioned earlier, this tracker utilises automatic driver recognition (ADR) technology, meaning it recognises authorised drivers automatically. Unauthorised access triggers instant alerts to the monitoring centre (see above), enabling swift action.
  4. Battery Disconnect Alerts: In case of a battery disconnect, the system sends alerts to the monitoring centre, allowing them to respond promptly to the situation.
  5. European Coverage: ScorpionTrack offers extensive coverage not only in the UK but also across Europe, ensuring your vehicle’s security even when travelling abroad.

Meta Track S5 VTS

Next on the list is the S5-VTS from Meta Track. This tracker stands out for its advanced features, including ADR tags and geofencing, which provide added layers of security and control.

Furthermore, it comes with:

  1. Advanced GPS Tracking: Meta Track S5 VTS employs cutting-edge GPS technology to provide precise location tracking of your vehicle. It offers real-time monitoring through its dedicated mobile app and web platform.
  2. Automatic Driver Recognition: One of the standout features of the S5 tracker is its ADR capability. In case of theft without the tag, the 24-hour monitoring centre will be alerted and can start the recovery process.
  3. Geofencing: Meta Track allows you to set up geofencing zones, enabling you to receive alerts whenever your vehicle enters or exits a designated area. This feature is particularly useful for monitoring vehicle movement in specific locations.
  4. Battery Backup: In the event of a battery disconnect, Meta Track’s built-in battery backup ensures uninterrupted tracking and communication with the monitoring centre.
  5. Thatcham Approved: As another S5-rated Thatcham tracker, Meta Track offers a high level of security and meets the stringent standards set by industry-leading Thatcham Research.

SmarTrack S5 D-iD

SmarTrack S5 D-iD stands out for its phone tag system, another feature that makes the S5 tracking system the ultimate in convenience and security.

Moreover, its motion detection feature provides proactive alerts in the event of unauthorised movement, enhancing overall security.

  1. Phone Tag Feature: Use your Smartphone as an ADR tag (optional). This removes the need to carry a tag or fob, giving customers a convenient and user-friendly S5 tracking system.
  2. Motion Detection: The tracker features motion detection technology, which triggers alerts in case of unauthorised movement or towing of the vehicle.
  3. European Coverage: Similar to ScorpionTrack, SmarTrack offers European coverage, making it suitable for those who frequently travel across borders.
  4. Battery Disconnect Alerts: Like other top-tier trackers, SmarTrack S5 D-iD sends alerts in case of a battery disconnect, allowing for immediate action to be taken.
  5. Insurance Approved: Being Thatcham S5-rated, SmarTrack S5 D-iD is widely accepted by insurance companies, potentially leading to lower insurance premiums.

In conclusion, ScorpionTrack S5 VTS, Meta Track S5 VTS, and SmarTrack S5 D-iD are among the very best S5-rated Thatcham trackers available in the UK, each offering unique features tailored to meet the diverse needs of vehicle owners and we are proud to stock all three in our store, complete with free nationwide installation included.

Whether it’s automatic driver recognition, remote immobilisation or Smartphone tag functionality, all of these trackers provide robust security solutions to safeguard your vehicle against theft and unauthorised access.

When it comes to protecting your valuable assets, investing in any of these trackers, or the dozens of others in our store, is a prudent decision that offers you peace of mind and enhanced security. Don’t forget we can come and install any trackers at a time and place to suit you.

When you’re ready to make the best security decision of your life, call our team on 0330 043 3993 who are available between 9 am and 6 pm, Mon – Fri and we can arrange the installation, whether at your home or work at a time that’s convenient to you. You won’t regret it.

London, a bustling metropolis, offers a vibrant tapestry of culture, commerce and history.

However, amidst its grandeur, lies a shadowy underworld of car crime that many of us don’t see, but can be easily impacted by.

From thefts to vandalism, the city’s streets witness a myriad of automotive misdemeanours.

In this blog, we delve into the depths of car crime in London that we touched upon in a previous post, exploring the latest statistics, the methods employed by thieves and crucial tips for prevention.

Unveiling the Scale of Car Crime in London

The streets of London, like most capital cities, have long been plagued by car-related criminal activities, with theft being a significant concern.

According to recent statistics released by the Metropolitan Police, car theft remains a prevalent issue, with thousands of vehicles reported stolen each year.

In 2023 alone, over 25,000 vehicles were reported stolen across London, highlighting the persistent threat posed by car crime in the city.

Furthermore, the data reveals that certain boroughs bear a disproportionate burden of car theft. Areas such as Westminster, Camden and Hackney frequently feature among the hotspots for car crime, indicating a geographical concentration of criminal activity.

These statistics underscore the urgent need for enhanced vigilance and preventive measures to combat car crime effectively and that’s where we come in.

The Tactics of Thieves: Unraveling the Methods Behind Car Theft

Car thieves are adept at exploiting vulnerabilities in vehicles, employing a variety of tactics to accomplish their nefarious objectives. For every new protection, they will (eventually) find a way around it.

One of the most common methods utilised by criminals is keyless car theft, also known as relay theft.

This sophisticated technique involves intercepting the signal that emanates between a key fob and the vehicle, allowing thieves to gain unauthorised access and drive away undetected.

Moreover, thieves often target vehicles parked in secluded or poorly lit areas, where the risk of detection is minimised. Areas like this are often in abundance in cities like London.

Opportunistic criminals may also resort to old-school techniques such as smashing windows or forcibly entering vehicles to steal valuables or even the entire car! No method is off-limit to the most determined car thief.

In addition to traditional theft methods, technology has facilitated the emergence of cyber-enabled car crime. Hackers can exploit vulnerabilities within in-vehicle software systems to remotely access and control cars, bypassing traditional security measures. This is becoming particularly widespread as we move towards electric cars and the centralised software they use. Incidentally, if you do have an electric vehicle, you might want to check out this blog.

Strategies to Thwart Car Theft

While the threat of car crime looms large, there are several proactive measures that vehicle owners can adopt to safeguard their prized possessions.

Invest in Anti-Theft Devices: Installing relatively primitive but more visible protections like steering wheel locks, wheel clamps and gearstick guards can serve as effective deterrents against theft. These physical barriers make it significantly more challenging for thieves to abscond with a vehicle because it will take more time, reducing the likelihood of successful theft attempts.

Utilise Tracking Systems: Tracking devices, like those sold in our store, enables owners and the Police to monitor the whereabouts of vehicles in real time. In the event of theft, these systems facilitate swift recovery efforts, increasing the chances of apprehending the culprits and retrieving the stolen vehicle.

Secure Parking: Opting for secure parking facilities equipped with surveillance cameras and adequate lighting can substantially reduce the risk of car theft. Well-lit areas and monitored parking garages serve as deterrents to potential thieves, making it less likely for them to target parked vehicles.

Be Vigilant with Key Management: To mitigate the risk of keyless car theft, owners should adopt precautionary measures such as storing key fobs in signal-blocking pouches (known as Faraday cases) or investing in signal-blocking cases. Additionally, avoiding leaving keys or spare key fobs unattended can help prevent unauthorised access to vehicles.

Stay Updated on Security Measures: Regularly updating vehicle software and security systems is paramount in thwarting cyber-enabled car crime. Manufacturers often release patches and updates to address potential vulnerabilities, including any apps that accompany tracking systems, ensuring that vehicles remain resilient against emerging threats.

Community Vigilance: Establishing neighbourhood watch programs or community initiatives focused on combating car crime fosters a collective sense of security. By encouraging vigilance and prompt reporting of suspicious activities, communities can effectively deter criminals and safeguard against potential threats. You could, for example, set up a WhatsApp group with neighbours to help highlight areas of concern in your street.

Car crime in London, or anywhere for that matter, represents a multifaceted challenge, characterised by evolving tactics and persistent threats.

While the latest statistics underscore the scale of the problem, proactive measures and community engagement offer a beacon of hope in the fight against automotive crime, particularly if a car tracker is fitted.

By fortifying your vehicle’s defences (one of our incredible trackers won’t hurt), staying abreast of emerging threats and remaining vigilant, vehicle owners like us can navigate the urban landscape in London and further afield with greater confidence, safeguarding our prized possessions from the clutches of car crime.

Our dedicated Customer Support team can help you find the perfect tracker for you, whether you live in London or Loughborough, John O’Groats to Land’s End. Our installation team can come to your home or your place of work at a time and date to suit you. Just give us a call on 0330 043 3993 between 9am and 6pm, Mon – Fri and we’ll get your car, van, motorhome or motorbike secured in no time.

In the world of car ownership, saving money is often a key factor, especially in these difficult economic times.

From fuel efficiency to maintenance costs, from styling to security, every aspect of vehicle ownership demands puts a drain on the wallet. One often overlooked area where substantial savings can be achieved is car insurance.

In the UK, where insurance premiums are mandatory but can also be pretty steep, finding ways to reduce these costs is essential.

Fortunately, advancements in technology have paved the way for innovative solutions, such as car trackers, which not only enhance security but also offer potential discounts on insurance premiums.

Let’s delve into the world of car trackers and explore some of the best options available in the UK market to help you drive down your insurance costs.

Understanding Car Trackers and Insurance Savings

Car trackers, also known as telematics devices, are sophisticated gadgets that utilise GPS technology to monitor and track the location, movement and sometimes even the behaviour of a vehicle.

Insurance companies have increasingly embraced the use of these devices to offer usage-based insurance (UBI) policies. These policies allow insurers to assess a driver’s risk profile more accurately by monitoring their driving habits, such as speed, braking and mileage.

For responsible drivers, this presents an opportunity to prove their low-risk status and consequently secure lower insurance premiums.

By installing a car tracker and agreeing to share driving data with their insurer, drivers can potentially save hundreds of pounds annually on their insurance premiums.

With the UK’s insurance costs notoriously high, such savings can significantly affect household budgets, but which trackers really help reduce those premiums? Let’s take a look at three of the best.

Benefits of Car Trackers Beyond Insurance Savings

While the potential for insurance savings is undoubtedly appealing, car trackers offer additional benefits, beyond the peace of mind they offer, that enhance the overall driving experience:

  • Enhanced Security: Many car trackers come equipped with features such as real-time GPS tracking and geofencing, which can help locate and recover stolen vehicles quickly.
  • Improved Driving Habits: By monitoring driving behaviour, car trackers encourage safer driving habits, reducing the risk of accidents and promoting road safety.
  • Fleet Management: For businesses with vehicle fleets, car trackers provide valuable insights into driver behaviour, fuel efficiency and maintenance schedules, helping to optimise operations and reduce costs.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that their vehicle is equipped with a tracking device can provide drivers with peace of mind, especially in high-theft areas or when lending their car to others.

1. ScorpionTrack S5 VTS

If you’re looking for a tracker that ticks all the boxes in terms of features and will also please your insurance company, then look no further than the S5 VTS from ScorpionTrack.

With the rise of increasingly elaborate workarounds to counteract the protections trackers offer, the S5 VTS has a few tricks up its sleeve.

It boasts a myriad of features to help prevent most modern theft methods such as key theft, key cloning and OBD hacking. If you’re looking for a tracker that has it all, including a way to reduce your premiums, this is it.

2. Meta Trak S5 VTS

One of the most cost-effective S5 trackers you can buy, it also meets Thatcham’s strict CAT-5 and S5 criteria meaning it’s insurance-approved and perfect to secure your vehicle.

Approved by Škoda, Seat and Volkswagen, this powerhouse of a tracker gives you access to their 24/7 Control Centre via its dedicated app and puts a whole host of notifications and alerts right in the palm of your hand.

Being an S5-rated tracker, you also get Driver ID tags which give you another level of protection. These small pieces of cutting-edge tech mean that, if they’re not in close proximity to the vehicle, it won’t start and even if it does move, both the control centre and you (vai the app) will get instant notifications.

There are few trackers but than this one, but it’s not the only one that can help reduce your premiums.

3. ScorpionTrack S7 ALS

Not only is the ScorpionTrack S5 VTS one of the best trackers you can buy right now, especially if you’re looking to reduce your insurance premiums, but it’s also one of the most cost-effective.

As you would expect from a company like ScorpionTrack, the S7 comes with a host of features to help you keep your car secure (something your insurance company will love) but, if you manage a fleet, then it also includes a host of advanced features that you’ll love to manage things like journey history, multi-vehicle tracking and geofencing.

Not only that, like it’s big brother above, it’s also manufactured in the UK to the Police Preferred Specification so you can be sure you’re getting an amazing system that both you and your insurer will love.

Keep Your Insurance Premium Down!

Car insurance premiums, especially in the UK, can be a significant financial burden, so finding ways to reduce costs is crucial.

Car trackers like those mentioned above, whilst not an exhaustive list, all offer a compelling solution by not only enhancing security but also potentially lowering your insurance premiums through usage-based insurance policies.

By monitoring driving behaviour and rewarding safe drivers, these devices empower motorists to take control of their insurance costs and drive more responsibly.

With an even wider range of options available on our website, drivers have the opportunity to choose the best car tracker that suits their needs and budget, ultimately leading to greater savings and peace of mind on the road.

These three trackers are only a small selection from the huge range of trackers we have available. If you’re not sure which is the best tracker for you, please give our team a call on 0330 043 3993 and we’d be happy to help you. We’re ready to take your call between 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday.

Embarking on a motorhome adventure is a thrilling experience, but ensuring the safety and security of your mobile haven is paramount.

Fortunately, with advancements in technology, motorhome trackers have become an indispensable tool for both security and peace of mind on the road.

In this blog, we’ll delve into the realm of motorhome trackers and explore three of the best options available on the market today.

From real-time location monitoring to advanced security features, these trackers offer a range of functionalities to safeguard your cherished motorhome investment.

1. ScorpionTrack S5 Motorhome Defender

The first one we’d recommend as one of the better motorhome trackers is the S5 Motorhome Defender from ScorpionTrack.

This insurance-approved device comes with Thatcham’s highest security category, which means you’ll get one of the most advanced motorhome trackers available.

As well as the now expected dedicated smartphone app and all the power that gives you, being an S5 system, you also get Automatic Driver Recognition (ADR) tags.

These powerful little devices mean that, without them being close to the vehicle, it simply won’t start. This is especially useful given the nomadic nature of the motorhome.

Whilst you’re out exploring the countryside with the tags safely stored on your person, you can rest assured that your motorhome is going nowhere. Also, if you eventually upgrade your motorhome for another, you can easily transfer it from one vehicle to another.

2. Phantom iTrack Ultimate

Whilst there are several trackers within Phantom’s (aka Moving Intelligence) iTrack range, as the name suggests, the Ultimate is top of the list.

Insurance-approved and meeting Thatcham’s strict S5 criteria, unlike others in the range, it includes built-in immobilisation as standard.

Thanks to the Driver ID tags, the iTrack Ultimate features ‘no tag, no start’ technology allowing the vehicle to be remotely immobilised by the Control Centre in the event of a theft.

In addition, thanks to the dedicated MiPhantom smartphone app and web portal, you can also immobilise the vehicle temporarily via the Valet Mode.

This portal and app also provide you with easy access to important information and reports about your vehicle in real-time, including viewing your vehicle’s location, battery life, mileage and other insights at the simple touch of a button.

3. ScorpionTrack S5+

When it comes to trackers, whether it’s for your motorhome or car, there are few better than the ScorpionTrack S5+.

As you might have guessed by the name, the ‘plus’ really gives it the edge. It already comes with a host of features you’ll need, but, like the Phantom above, it also features ‘No Tag, No Start’ immobilisation technology as standard.

If you’re one of those people who have their smartphone with them wherever you go, then you’ll love this system. Why? Because it includes the option to use a smartphone instead of the physical tags. 

All that on top of the long-list of incredible features that come with it including a wealth of notifications and alerts including battery backup, low battery, tow away & tamper alerts, geofencing, journey history and automatic health checks. It is truly a tracker worth of the name, the price and reputation.

Whether you’re looking for a tracker for your motorhome, car, van or motorbike, we have a host of incredible trackers in our store to suit any vehicle, budget or circumstance. If you need any help or advice, please give our dedicated customer service team between 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday, on 0330 043 3993 and we’d be more than happy to assist you.

We know what it’s like. Christmas and the New Year is a distant memory but here we are. It might feel like the 76th of January, money is tight, but you still need to keep everything moving along.

With the rise of car crime across the UK, it’s easy to think it won’t happen to you, but no one is safe so it pays to be secure, even when the purse strings are tightening.

With the economic downturn showing no sign of an uptick, we wanted to put together a list of the best cheap car trackers and security systems available.

As with any cross-section of products you can buy, they’ll range from the ‘cheap and cheerful’ at one end of the scale, to the ‘Rolls Royce’ premium brand at the other. Car trackers are no different, but ‘cheap’ doesn’t have to mean an empty box with no features, there are some amazing products you can get from us without breaking the bank, so let’s take a look at some of them.

SmarTrack Reco S7

The Reco S7 from SmarTrack is our most affordable tracker. It’s one of the latest products from SmarTrack aimed at the ‘hot hatch’ market or those popular cars that are often stolen for parts or by opportunities thieves just looking for a night of madness.

Whilst its DNA might be geared towards those pocket rockets, because it’s so cost-effective, it also works incredibly well protecting caravans and is approved by many insurers, saving you money on your premium.

Don’t think that at this price point, you’re not getting a tracker that meets the high bar set by the industry-leading security team at Thatcham.

Not only is it Thatcham-approved, but it’s also connected to the Global Telemetrics Control Centre 24/7 giving you complete peace of mind.

You also get warnings for battery disconnection and low battery and it also comes with its own backup battery should the device be disconnected from the main car’s battery. All of these are managed by its dedicated smartphone app. It’s hard to get a better tracker for this price!

ScorpionTrack S7 ALS

For the same price as the SmarTrack system above, you can also get the S7 ALS systems from ScorpionTrack, a well-established vehicle security company.

This tracker is not only a fantastic stand-alone system for your car, but it also works brilliantly as a cost-effective fleet-tracking solution with a host of advanced features that you often only get on more expensive systems.

Rated to S7 by industry-leading Thatcham Research, this tracker comes with a free smartphone app giving you access to all the notifications and alerts, including geofence alerts, journey history, low battery and tow-away and tamper alerts, right in the palm of your hand.

Not only that but because it uses a combination of GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and GSM technologies, location tracking is much more accurate and resistant to interference.

Teletrac Trackstar S7

Whilst this tracker might be the most expensive of the three listed here, it still comes in at under £200! Incredible value for a tracker that’s approved by heavy-hitting manufacturers like BMW, Range Rover, Land Rover and Jaguar.

The Trackstar S7 from Teletrac, formerly known as Trafficmaster, gives you global coverage and, thanks to its Trackstar smartphone app, gives you anti-tamper alerts, motion alerts and battery disconnect alerts. It’s also fully transferable to another vehicle.

The other great thing about this tracker is that, at the time of writing, we are offering an extra 6 months FREE subscription when you purchase a 1-year subscription, and an extra 12 months free when purchasing the 3-year option.

The Choice Is Yours!

Whilst these three amazing trackers all offer some of the best value for money, they are only part of the range of trackers we have in our store.

Take some time to browse our range and find the perfect tracker for you, we have something to suit you. If you’re still unsure, then please get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team and we’ll do our very best to find the right system for you, no matter your personal circumstances.

We’re available Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm to answer any of your concerns and help you along the process. Just give us a call on 0330 043 3993 and let’s give you that peace of mind today.

The United Kingdom, with its picturesque landscapes and bustling cities, is not immune to the rising tide of car-related crimes.

While the majority of the nation remains safe, certain areas have gained notoriety for being hotbeds of car thefts and related offences.

In this blog, we delve into the three highest car crime hotspots in the UK, shedding light on the factors contributing to the alarming statistics and the efforts being made to combat this issue.

Manchester – The Urban Challenge

Manchester, a vibrant city known for its rich industrial history and cultural diversity, unfortunately, grapples with a significant car crime problem.

The bustling urban environment, with its crowded streets and busy neighbourhoods, provides an ideal setting for opportunistic criminals.

One contributing factor to the high car crime rates in Manchester is the prevalence of organised gangs.

These criminal groups often operate in well-coordinated efforts, targeting specific models or types of vehicles for theft or vandalism. The stolen cars are either used for joyriding, stripped for parts, or sold on the black market.

In response to the escalating car crime rates, Greater Manchester Police have implemented various strategies to tackle the issue head-on. Increased patrols in high-risk areas, the use of advanced surveillance technology and community engagement initiatives have been crucial in curbing the problem.

Additionally, public awareness campaigns have been launched to educate residents on safeguarding their vehicles and reporting suspicious activities.

Birmingham – A City in the Crosshairs

Birmingham, the second-largest city in the UK, is not exempt from the challenges posed by car crime.

The city’s extensive road networks and diverse neighbourhoods offer ample opportunities for criminals to exploit. One of the significant factors contributing to the high car crime rates in Birmingham is the presence of “chop shops.”

Chop shops are illicit businesses where stolen vehicles are dismantled, and their parts are sold separately.

This underground economy thrives on the demand, not for supercars or luxury SUVs, but for inexpensive car parts for popular cars, providing an incentive for criminals to steal cars for profit. Birmingham’s expansive industrial areas and abandoned spaces often serve as hidden locations for these illegal operations.

Law enforcement agencies in Birmingham have been proactive in addressing this issue. Collaboration with other agencies, including the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency), has enabled more efficient tracking of stolen vehicles and their components.

Furthermore, increased penalties for individuals involved in chop shop operations have been implemented to deter criminals and dismantle these illegal enterprises.

London – The Capital Challenge

As the capital city of the UK, London faces a unique set of challenges when it comes to car crime.

With a dense population and a vast network of roads back alleys and industrial estates, the opportunities for criminals to strike are numerous.

Car thefts, vandalism, and even keyless car thefts, where criminals exploit vulnerabilities in modern car security systems, have become prevalent issues in London.

Keyless car thefts, facilitated by the use of electronic devices to override car security systems, have become a growing concern.

Many high-end vehicles, equipped with keyless entry and ignition systems, are particularly susceptible to this form of theft. Criminals use relay devices to intercept signals between the key fob and the car, allowing them to unlock and start the vehicle without needing the physical key.

The Metropolitan Police have implemented various measures to combat keyless car thefts, but none are more useful than having a tracker fitted that actively disrupts this type of attack.

Public awareness campaigns have been initiated to educate car owners about the risks and preventive measures, such as using steering wheel locks and keeping key fobs in signal-blocking (aka Faraday) pouches when not in use.

Additionally, technological advancements in car security systems, including many of them available in our store, boast improved encryption and signal-blocking features, and are being explored to stay one step ahead of tech-savvy criminals.

Stay Safe. Get Protected.

While car crime hotspots in the UK present formidable challenges, efforts are underway to address these issues comprehensively.

Law enforcement agencies, communities and technology developers are collaborating to create a safer environment for vehicle owners.

Public awareness, community engagement and technological advancements are essential components of the ongoing battle against car crime, but you don’t have to live in these three cities to be impacted.

As the UK continues to evolve, so too must its strategies for tackling the complex issue of car-related offences.

Through collective efforts, more awareness, installation of car tracking systems, these hotspots, and those towns and cities further down the list, can all transform into beacons of safety, proving that a united front is a key to navigating the storm of car crime here in the United Kingdom.

You can check out our whole range of trackers that are available to suit any vehicle, for any budget anywhere right here. You don’t have to live in Birmingham, Manchester or London to have one of our incredible systems installed. Our dedicated installation team can come to your work, home or office at a time and date to suit you. Give us a call on 0330 043 3993 between 9am and 6pm, Mon – Fri and we’ll be happy to help you.

If you use a van in your day-to-day working life, chances are it will be a cornerstone of what you do. Not only do vans provide value and versatility, they often contain equipment and tools worth a lot of money.

Anyone who’s had a van stolen or broken into will know that keeping it secure is going to be a top priority. If you’re lucky enough not to have been through that heartbreak, then that doesn’t mean you’re immune from car thieves.

Let’s take a look at some of the best trackers available to help secure your van so it’s ready when you need it.

SCORPIONTRACK S7 ALS

If you’re looking for a van tracker that is fully featured, insurance-approved and cost-effective, then look no further than the incredible S7 from ScorpionTrack.

ScorpionTrack are one of the longest-running vehicle security manufacturers out there, so you can be assured that you’re getting a tracker with a terrific pedigree.

Whether you want to track one van or a whole fleet of them, then this tracker is perfect.

Not only do you get access to a wealth of features via its dedicated smartphone app, like journey history and driver behaviour analysis, but you also get advanced tracking technologies built in.

These include the fairly typical GPS and GSM, but also GLONASS and Galileo to give you extra coverage that spans the globe.

If that’s not enough, should you find yourself needing a tracker with more advanced features to satisfy any insurance requirements, then this meets those needs too.

SMARTRACK UTRACK

If you’re running your own business via your van, then you’ll probably want a tracker that is more self-managing, and that’s exactly where the UTrack from SmarTrack comes into its own.

This amazing system lets you monitor your vehicle by either its accompanying smartphone app, but also through a secure online account. Whilst it works brilliantly with vans, it’s also just as useful in cars, HGVs and motorhomes.

Even though it packs a real punch in terms of its functionality, including a raft of alerts and notifications to keep you informed, it comes in a very compact form factor which means it can be hidden very well during installation.

The UTrack case is also waterproof (IP67) and comes with Google Maps integration, so you always know where you are with this fantastic tracker.

METATRAK SHIELD

The Shield from MetaTrak is another brilliant tracker, one that is packed with features, but also offers a more self-managed solution.

If you’re looking for a more cost-effective tracker, then you can’t do much better than this one. It’s designed to give you that peace of mind, but it’s also a great choice if you’re not bound by insurance company approval.

Whilst it is neither Thatcham-approved nor backed by a 24/7 Control Centre, this does mean that the subscription costs are significantly lower than many other models.

In this difficult economic climate, this might just be the perfect tracker for you, one that still gives you live tracking and a host of alerts, but also won’t break the bank!

Don’t wait for the worst to happen before making the right choice for your van’s security.

 We have vehicle trackers to meet every circumstance and price range for your car, van, bike and motorhome.

 Be a man with a van who can plan …. to buy the best tracker from us and get it installed UK-wide.

Most vans aren’t known for their inbuilt security features which is why adding an after-market car tracker is always going to be a great decision. If you want to know more about these trackers, or the many more we have in stock, our team is available from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday on 0330 043 3993 to help keep you moving. Give us a call.

Ford is not only one of the most popular cars on the road today, they are also one of the oldest vehicle brands in the world. Beaten only by Peugeot, Fiat and Vauxhall, Ford has been a driving force in the automotive world since the first Model T rolled out of their factory in Michigan in 1908.

Sadly, it’s not just the general public who find Ford cars so desirable.

The number of Ford cars stolen has increased by nearly a third since 2021, from 14.88 stolen per 1000 registered to 27.15 in 2022. Ford continued to be the most stolen car in many areas of the UK, including the West Midlands.

Ford Fiesta thefts increased 53% in 2022, according to government data. The Fiesta is not only Britain’s most popular car, it is also the most stolen, with the Ford Focus in third.

In addition, according to DVLA statistics, Fiesta thefts increased to 5,979 reported stolen in 2022, compared to 3,909 in 2021. In reality, one Fiesta was stolen, on average, every 88 minutes!

With the number of luxury cars on our roads, like Range Rovers, Porsche, Lexus and the like, you might find the rise in the theft of Ford cars odd, but there’s more to car theft than stealing sports cars and premium SUVs to order.

Many of the Ford cars being stolen are taken to back-street, often illegal garages, known as ‘chop shops’, where they are cut up and sold for parts on the black market. Given how many Fords are currently on the roads, there’s always a huge market for parts for these cars which keeps the thieves very busy.

If you have a Ford car, then keeping it secure is going to be your top priority, but how do you do that? Let’s take a look.

WHAT MAKES FORD CARS SO POPULAR WITH CAR THIEVES?

One of the reasons Ford cars are stolen with such regularity coincides with the increases in both the technology within them and the tools thieves use to steal cars. As more and more cars adopted keyless entry, the opportunities arose for thieves with the right gadgetry to circumvent it.

Keyless entry, sometimes known as a relay attack, involves thieves hijacking the short-wave radio signals that are emitted from your key fob and received by the car to unlock or start the ignition.

Under normal circumstances, you would use the keyless entry to gain access to your car, either automatically when in range of the vehicle or by pressing a button on the fob itself. Once the reciever in the car recognises the signal, the car opens allowing you to drive away.

Thieves will use the same technique, but have their own technology that can mimic that signal. They will assume most people keep their keys next to their front door so will stand near it with a amplifier that can hijack the signal from your fob, with an accomplice next to your car with a receiver.

Once the car recognises that it’s the correct signal (which it is), it will unlock the vehicle, allowing thieves to open the car and drive it away, often without you even realising it.

CAN YOU ‘A FORD’ NOT TO BUY A TRACKER?

One way to get a step ahead of the thieves is to make sure your car, Ford or otherwise, is fitted with a tracking device. We have a wealth of options available in our store to suit every budget and every need, but when it comes to Ford cars, these are the ones we’d recommend.

Let’s start with the Locate from Tracker. Tracker are one of the UKs leading stolen vehicle and recovery specialists and have been making fantastic security systems for over 25 years, their Locate system is no exception. It’s both fully featured and offers great value for money.

As the Tracker combines GSM, GPS and VHF frequencies, you will get an alert should any attempt to jam the signal be detected. As well as the most common range of alerts and notifications you’d expect, this device is connected to the UK Police force who will alerted to the location if the vehicle is stolen.

The other device, which is also from Tracker, is their S5 Plus. This system also utilises VHF technology to help protect and locate your car, but being a Cat 5 rated device, it also comes with Driver ID tags.

These incredible pieces of tech are, as the name suggests, small tags that arm and disarm the vehicle when they’re in close proximity to the vehicle. When you leave the vehicle’s area, the system will arm and only disarm when you return. Without them, the car simply won’t start.

These are just two of the fantastic range of trackers we have available on our site. If you need any help to protect your Ford or any other make for that matter, we’re here to help.

It’s not just Ford cars that thieves love to steal, the Ford Transit regularly makes the list of most stolen vehicles. Check out our van trackers here.

Don’t make it any easier than it needs to be for thieves, protect your vehicle today.

⚬ Let Infiniti Tracking help you find the perfect tracker for you that suits your vehicle, your circumstances and your budget.

When you’re ready to order, call our dedicated team who are available for you to speak to between 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday, on 0330 043 3993. We can install your tracker at your home, office and any location on the mainland UK. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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