When looking for a tracker for your car, motorbike, van or motorhome, it’s easy to get daunted by the sheer number of options available to you. Do you want an S5 or S7 tracker? Can it be transferred if I change vehicle? What alerts do you get? How do I track my vehicle if it gets stolen?
Like almost any product you can buy, when there is a range of them available, there will be features in one product that isn’t in another, whilst many others will be standard across the line. Car trackers are no different.
When choosing your device there will be features that might be particularly attractive to you, but there will also be some features you should look out for, some you just might not have considered and others you didn’t know were possible.
Here we wanted to take a look at the 5 key features we think you should be aware of when choosing your device. They might not all necessarily be vital for you and your circumstances, but are very useful to know about and, if relevant, have in the device you buy. Let’s start with…
1. REAL TIME TRACKING
Whilst it might seem an obvious feature, not every tracker on the marketing has real-time tracking. It may well be able to show you where your car was at a various points in time, but not all can track your vehicle in real time.
Real time tracking means the you can literally see your vehicle move along roads, turning corners and crossing bridges with a delay so small that’s it’s practically unnoticeable. This is a massive help when you need to recover your vehicle quickly as it will help lead the police directly to where you car is, even its still moving!
2. JOURNEY HISTORY
Most of us will share our car with other drivers in our family. Whether it’s your partner or your grown-up children, the car is often at the heart of the family’s independence. As such, having a tracker than can keep an eye on the vehicles movements can be a fantastic option.
With fuel costs so high, making sure your vehicle is being driven as you would expect, on a route that’s optimal and within parameters helps you know your vehicle is being looked after and that your drivers are doing so safely.
Journey history also works well if you’re monitoring company vehicles so you can see exactly where employees are taking them and how they got there!
3. DRIVER BEHAVIOUR
Building on from the previous feature is the option many trackers have to not only monitor journeys to see WHERE the car is being driven, but to also look at HOW the car is being driven.
Many trackers now have the option to be able to monitor driver behaviour to keep a eye on things like speed, routes, braking and drive time, etc.
This can offer a fantastic insight into exactly how your car is being driven to minimise maintenance costs, even if you’re not the one behind the wheel.
4. VEHICLE MAINTENANCE
This is another great feature that helps both the residential and commercial customer. Some trackers have a maintenance module built into them that keeps an electronic eye on the car in which it’s installed.
Whilst probably more suited to fleet vehicles, the device, once connected to the OBD (On-Board Diagnostic) port of the car can monitor aspects of the vehicle to help reduce preventative maintenance costs and prolong the life of the car, truck or van!
5. TOTAL COST
Not a feature as such, but definately something you should bear in mind when choosing a tracker.
Whilst the price you buy the tracker for is obviously one consideration, there are sometimes additional costs to be aware of.
Most trackers will also come with a subscription fee to pay, either annually, bi-annually or sometimes one payment to cover the lifetime of the device. The subscription covers the cost of the cellular signal the device needs to connect to satellites and its control centre. The costs and inclusions do vary, so make sure you know what you’re getting, and for how long, before you buy.
⚬ Buy a tracker that’s right for YOU!
⚬ Ensure you’re aware of all the costs before buying.
⚬ Decide on what you need, not what manufacturers think you want.
We hope this has helped you and when you’re ready to buy, please take a look at our fantastic range and we’re confident you’ll find something that’s perfect for you. If you need any advice our team is available from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday on 0330 043 3993 to find the best tracker at the right price with installation available throughout the UK.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner, or at least it is at the time of writing this!
The weather’s getting colder, the budgets, just like Santa’s trousers, are getting tighter and you’ve got the annual stress of trying to buy that special someone something they’ll actually like and use! What do you give to the man or woman who has everything?
We think we’ve found the answer, well 3 answers in fact!
THE GIFT OF GIVING (NOT TAKING)
Vehicle trackers, like dogs, are for life, not just for Christmas. Socks and chocolates are all well and good, but when you give a gift, you want the recipient to have value in it long after the tinsel has come down. That’s where vehicle trackers really come into their own.
No matter what vehicle they have, whether it’s a car, motorbike, motorhome or van, trackers can give them peace of mind that lasts a lot longer than even the most hard-wearing socks!
They all have the added bonus of keeping your vehicle safe and secure, so it’s a win-win! Another reason to spread more festive cheer!
THE PERFECT PRESENTS
With the economy dropping faster than needles on an unwatered Christmas tree, we’ve recognise that people are looking to make their money go even further this year.
We’ve checked the nice list and taken a look in our Infiniti sack to find three products that would make fantastic gifts to give loved ones this holiday season, and they’re all under £200! Starting with..
One of the latest products from the SmarTrack stable of trackers is their RECO S7 model. It’s a fantastic tracker for the money and is aimed squarely at the hot-hatch market, although it works just as well for anyone looking to protect their own sleigh. If you have a caravan, then it’s perfect for that too.
Giving this as a gift is fantastic as it comes with a one year monitoring subscription included, so your (or their) vehicle is fully protected the second our team installs it for you.
As you would expect, the RECO S7 comes with all the alerts and notifications you would expect, including battery disconnection and low battery warnings. It’s also fully transferable from one vehicle to another.
Another brilliant tracker for under £200 is the Monitor from leading security firm Tracker. Thanks to its military-grade patented UHF (Ultra High Frequency) technology you get protection from signal jammers, a feature often only found on much more expensive models.
The technology within the Monitor also gives you peace of mind that your vehicle can be quickly recovered, even if it’s stored in shipping containers, underground car parks or lock-ups.
Tracker have been manufacturing car security systems for over 25 years, so you can be assured that any product they put their name to is going to be high quality at a relatively low cost.
Not a tracker but just as useful for the petrol head in your life, especially with the dangerous road conditions that winter can bring (and the idiots you get all year round).
This fantastic dashboard camera (or dash cam as they’re known) from Thinkware sits against your windscreen and can record the road ahead, whether that’s the traffic, pedestrians or other road users. It records in full HD at 1080p, even when you’re parking, and comes with CMOS image sensors that give you a constant video recording that looks great, even at night.
It also comes with a 140-degree viewing angle to minimise blind spots. You can easily watch any incidents by downloading them to your computer using the intuitive software through its viewing interface.
UK WIDE INSTALLATION
⚬ We don’t cover Lapland or the North Pole but if you’re in the UK you can get your device, regardless of how much you spend, installed at your home or work within days of purchase.
⚬ Give the gift of security this holiday season.
⚬ Spread the cost of your device into 3 equal payments by using PayPal at checkout.
Christmas comes but once a year, but theft can happen anytime. Get your vehicle secured and make sure you have a happy, healthy and safe Yuletide. In the run up to Christmas, our team of helpful elves is available from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday on 0330 043 3993 to help you stay on the nice list.
With the cold weather looming, Christmas on its way (we know!) and the cost of heating going through the sunroof, it’s time to turn your attention to securing your vehicle over the winter.
With the new year approaching, the peak months for many car thefts, making sure your car, motorhome, motorbike or sleigh is secure is going to be vital in having a peaceful, stress-free festive period.
With that in mind, we thought it would be useful to give you some fantastic tips to help you secure your vehicle this winter.
WINTER IS COMING
One of the most common ways thieves can steal your car isn’t through a technically advanced technique involving gadgets or trickery, it’s by getting in and driving away with your own key!
Frost-jacking, as it’s known, occurs when you leave your car unattended to warm up.
As you try to get yourself and the family ready for school or work, many people will go out and start their car, then leave it alone.
They will allow it to idle, either to warm up the interior or defrost the windscreens after a snow shower or frosty morning (often both). This obviously involves leaving your key in the ignition and vehicle unattended, but that’s the problem.
Thieves, often opportunists, will walk around neighbourhoods looking for this exact pattern. When they see an unattended vehicle ticking over, they simply get in and drive away.
The easiest way to stop yourself becoming a victim to frost-jacking is obviously not to do it. Do not leave your car unattended with the engine running!
Most modern cars warm up very quickly and many come with heated windscreens, so there’s often no real need to anyway. If you can cover it overnight to protect it from snow and frost, then there will be even less reason to, and less opportunity for thieves to steal your vehicle.
A KEY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE KEY TO CAR THEFT
Just a couple of years ago, 92% of the cars that were stolen from homes were done so without the use of a key. Whilst that figures sounds staggering, and it is, remember many modern cars don’t come with a traditional key anyway, but that hasn’t stopped thieves from exploiting the technology to their own gains.
To steal your keyless entry car, many car thieves use a technique called a Relay Attack.
This involves a team of thieves, one of which stands near your door (they’ll rely on the fact you’ll store your car keys near your front door) and by using a device to scan for the signal omitted by your key fob, transmit the signal to their accomplice who’s next to you car with a receiver.
Once the signal is received, your car will open and off they’ll drive. To combat this, there are trackers that can help.
SCORPION HAS A WINTER STING
Not only that, they both will help protect your vehicle from Relay Attack in addition to key cloning and On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) hacking.
⚬ Stay warm with a collection of incredible trackers to keep you moving this winter.
⚬ Benefit from UK-wide installation from our team of accredited engineers.
⚬ Don’t fall victim to winter car crime.
20 winters have come and gone since we started Infiniti Tracking. so we can be confident that you will get the best products at the best prices, with installation available throughout the UK. Don’t be left out in the cold, our team is available from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday on 0330 043 3993 to help you get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing your car is secured this winter, and for years to come.
In these difficult economic times, we’re all looking for ways to make our money stretch further. With rising costs for almost everything, making the most of what money you do have is vital.
When it comes to vehicle security, it would be easy to think it’s the perfect place to disregard to save money, but that would be a false economy.
Choosing not to buy a car tracker might solve a short-term issue, but will only cost you in the long run. If you’re looking for the cheapest car trackers without sacrificing security, then you’re in the right place.
QUALITY IS PRICELESS
Vehicle trackers, like anything in life, come in a range of prices to suit every budget, but it’s important to think about the costs of what it’s protecting.
If your vehicle is at the heart of your family, its value will be worth so much more than how much you paid for it.
You’ll use it to take the kids to school, commute to work, days out with the family and weekly shopping trips to name a few, so losing it to a car thief will be devastating.
CHEAP DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A COMPROMISE
Whether you’re looking for a tracker that’s top of the range that comes with all the bells and whistles you can imagine or, like many of us, you’re wanting one that doesn’t break the bank, choosing a cheaper option doesn’t have to mean compromising on features and options to keep your vehicle secure.
At Infiniti Tracking, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with a range of products that suit everyone.
If you’re looking for a cheaper vehicle tracker, we believe we have 3 incredible products, all from leading manufacturers and all under £200 that are perfect for anyone looking to tighten their belt without risking their vehicle, starting with….
An incredible tracker from ScorpionTrack that gives you many of the features you would expect even with the most expensive options, including journey history, geo-fence alerts and even driver behaviour analysis; perfect if you share the driving of your car with members of your family.
Like all of these on the list, you get a dedicated smartphone app to help you manage and control a range of notifications and alerts to keep your vehicle safe.
The SmarTrack Protector Pro Global is both an insurance- and Thatcham-approved tracker from one of the leading manufacturers in the world.
The best-selling Protector Pro also gives you access to a 24/7 Control Centre to help you monitor and track your vehicle anywhere in the world, all from its dedicated smartphone app.
Like the previous system, you also have the option to transfer it to a different vehicle if, or when, you change your car.
The Monitor from Tracker gives you a lot of security all for less than £200. Thanks to its patented VHF (Very High Frequency) technology, you can track your vehicle no matter where it’s hidden as it’s resilient to signal jammers that thieves often use.
We love it, we know you’ll love it and the ‘boys in blue’ love it too, as it’s supported by Police forces up and down the UK.
PROTECTION IS VITAL
⚬ All our trackers can be installed within 3 days of purchase by our accredited engineers anywhere in the UK.
⚬ Even the least expensive trackers have a suite of fantastic features you’ll love.
⚬ Being cost-effective doesn’t mean compromising on quality.
No matter which product you’re looking at buying, our team is available from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday on 0330 043 3993 to help you decide on the best tracker for you. With over 20 years of experience in selling and installing trackers up and down the UK, you can be assured that Infiniti Tracking will always provide you with exemplary service and incredible products, regardless of the device you’re buying.
We hope that, once you’ve browsed our huge range of tracking and security devices in our store you’ve found the one for you, but that begs another question. With all the options available, what’s the best tracker for you???
It’s easy to fire up Google, or any other search engine, and type “what’s the best vehicle tracker?”. The algorithm will go away and find you hundreds, if not thousands, of results all promising to answer that question for you.
In reality, there’s no way for lines of computer code to know the best one for you specifically. Sure it can look for articles that promise the answer, but the question is much more nuanced than that.
Most people associate ‘the best’ with the tracker that has the most features, or is the most expensive product, but those are rarely the same thing. When it comes to finding the best tracker, you really need to ask what’s the best tracker FOR YOU and YOUR circumstances and you won’t get that from any search term.
EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. EVERY CAR IS DIFFERENT.
What might be the best tracker for you, might not be the best tracker for me. Whilst they are incredible pieces of technology designed to keep your car, van, motorhome or motorbike safe and secure, to find the one that will offer you the most benefits, you need to be clear about what you want from it. Not least the vehicle you have and how much you have to spend.
Because of that, it’s vital you do your research and understand your budget. Car trackers, like anything you can buy, range in terms of pricing and features.
Trackers come in all shapes and sizes and range from very reasonable to very expensive, so it’s important you understand the costs associated with them and not just the initial price that comes with buying the product in the beginning.
Many come with monthly or yearly subscription fees to enhance your device which you need to be aware of and, as such, may affect your budget.
RESEARCH THE MODELS
Not all trackers are created equally. Whilst many share similar features, there are often some key differences.
Whichever one you ultimately choose, it’s important you buy one that comes from a reputable manufacturer. As you would expect, all of the trackers we sell here at Infiniti come from some of the best manufacturers available.
When looking at the various options, take time to research the trackers you’re interested in. Does it include features that, whilst powerful or interesting, and might seem cool to have, do you actually really need them? Do they support how you use your vehicle or are you just paying for something you just don’t need?
It’s also useful to look into the manufacturer themselves. In many cases, they may produce systems that are or have been, specifically approved for use by various car manufacturers. Whilst not necessarily a reason to buy, knowing that a company that makes your car approves a particular device from a certain manufacturer might go some way to helping you choose.
In many cases, the price for the tracker is just the start. Vehicle trackers often come with monthly or yearly (or sometimes lifetime) subscriptions which means you’ll have to factor that into the cost.
WILL IT DO WHAT YOU NEED, WHEN YOU NEED IT
Let’s not lose sight of the reason why you need a tracking device in the first place.
Should the worst case happen and your vehicle is stolen, will it be able to be tracked and recovered quickly and easily? When you really start to drill down into the features, think about the process to report it stolen.
Some trackers, for example, might need you to report it to the Police BEFORE it can be activated, whilst others can just be done from the app.
In addition, if your insurance policy requires a tracker to be fitted, does it need to be installed BEFORE the policy becomes valid? If you drive regularly into mainland Europe, or even further afield, are you covered geographically?
We don’t say any of these things to put you off, simply to arm you with all the facts and to be as transparent as possible when it comes to buying a tracker from us.
⚬ Our store stocks only the very best systems from leading manufacturers.
⚬ Get your device installed anywhere in the UK at a time and place to suit you.
⚬ Decades of experience in this fast-moving sector.
Our team is available from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday on 0330 043 3993 to answer any questions you might have. We will be more than happy to help you choose the right tracker for you. Don’t be swayed by fancy marketing or grandiose-sounding terminology, get the facts from the team with over 20 years of experience in selling and installing trackers up and down the UK.
For all of you who have been following our blogs for many years, you’ll already know that we offer installation across the UK. We have many happy and satisfied customers stretching the lengths and breadths of the UK. We’ve showcased our range of products to suit every type of vehicle, every make, model and manufacturer but one thing we rarely touch on is what happens once you buy from us.
For anyone new to us and our products, we thought it might be useful to help you understand what happens when it comes to installation and how your new vehicle tracker will be set up by our team. Let’s change that right now!
DON’T FIT IT YOURSELF
Once you’ve found the car tracking system that you want from our wide range, one that suits your vehicle, budget or feature-set, and made the purchase, the next step will be installation.
Our dedicated customer service team will be in touch with you soon after to arrange a suitable date and time.
Car trackers, unlike many other parts or accessories you can add to your vehicle, aren’t easily fitted by untrained personnel. There’s much more to them than changing the oil or replacing a windscreen wiper.
LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS
Trackers vary from those that are relatively simple to install to ones that are really quite complex. Depending on the features, they may need to be hard-wired to the engine and its electronic core. For the untrained, it would be easy to connect the wrong wire to the wrong terminal and it could create lasting damage or worse, invalidate your insurance should you need to make a claim.
As such, and to make sure your insurance remains valid, they have to be installed by our team of fully trained, Thatcham-approved and highly-qualified personnel, but that’s exactly where we come in!
The installation method our engineers use will vary depending on the tracker you’ve bought. Some are more geared towards the ‘plug-n-play’ variety, whilst others rely on battery power and some need to be hard-wired into the car’s electrical system.
Trackers also need to be secured to the vehicle in a variety of places. You can’t put the same tracker in the same place on the same make of vehicle as it would very quickly become common knowledge amongst thieves. Thankfully our engineers know the best places to secure the vehicles.
A device that’s easily installed will be easily found by thieves and removed twice as quickly!
It’s also important to install the device in a position where its signal won’t be blocked by other devices or parts of the vehicle. The signals utilised by trackers include GPS, VHF, GSM, GLONASS, MESH and more (or sometimes a combination of them) which operate on different frequencies.
Should the worst happen and your vehicle is stolen, it’s vital these signals are strong to help the Police track and recover the vehicle. Without expert knowledge, it could be installed in a place that blocks or impedes these signals rendering it useless.
WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON OUR SERVICE
We hope that, whichever tracker you’ve bought from us, you’re going to be happy with it and it keeps your vehicle safe and secure for years to come, but that’s only the start of our relationship.
As we mentioned, once purchased, our team will be in touch to find the most convenient date and time to come out to you and install the device on your vehicle, whether that’s a car, motorhome, motorbike or truck.
We’re happy to come to your home, your office, your caravan site or anywhere you are to ensure you get the device installed to our exacting standards.
If you’re still unsure, please take a look at our TrustPilot profile to see our 249 reviews (at the time of writing)…. 248 of them are rated as ‘Excellent’ (the other 1 is rated ‘Great’). We are so proud to have such an incredibly high rating from our customers.
Whether you have a Fiat or a Ferrari, Mini or Maserati, we will have a tracker to suit you and your needs:
⚬ Buy with confidence from a company with over 20 years of experience at the top of this ever-changing industry.
⚬ Transfer your tracker from one vehicle to the next easily.
⚬ Installation is available anywhere in the UK.
When you’re ready to take vehicle security seriously, call our team who are available from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday on 0330 043 3993 and we will be more than happy to answer any queries you might have. We’ll also help you navigate the range of options available and provide you with top-class service from beginning to end!
We all love spending time at home, but for those with a campervan, the whole world can become your living room. In recent years, the sales of motorhomes have consistently increased. In fact, according to the National Caravan Council (NCC), motorhomes and campervans are being sold in record numbers across the UK.
In the latest figures released by the DVLA, 16,608 new motorhomes were registered between July 2020 and July 2021. This represents an 8.25% increase from the previous year, which was also a record at the time. As a population, we now spend around £1.15 BILLION on motorhomes, caravans and campers in the UK alone every year. It’s clear that we’re staycationing more than ever and whilst that’s a positive thing for us, it’s also an increased market for those looking to steal them.
If you’ve just bought your first motorhome, upgraded to a newer model or simply looking to take your first step on the journey to having your holidays on wheels, then we’re going to look at some of the best ways to secure your motorhome for every budget.
MOBILE SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS
It’s important to remember that, unlike most other vehicle security, the contents of your motorhome will be much greater than with a car or bike. If the vehicle does get stolen, it’s likely that almost all of your possessions at the time will go along with it, so you need a robust security solution for when you’re away AND when it’s stored at home.
Many thefts that occur with motorhomes and caravans are often split into two categories; entire vehicle theft when the vehicle itself is stolen in its entirety and secondly, the theft of possessions from the vehicle itself.
Generally speaking the former is carried out by professional thieves, whilst the latter tends to be more opportunistic. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered on both ranging from high tech to old school, but all designed to help you secure your motorhome no matter where it is.
HOW TO SECURE YOUR VEHICLE
It’s easy to forget, especially in these days of cutting edge technology, that many of the most effective ways to keep your motorhome secure is with a physical deterrent. They might seem like devices from a different era, but they are relatively cheap and work very well. They can come in the form of a steering wheel lock, wheel clamp, seat chain or pedal locks.
Any (or all) of these physical locks offer additional security to your motorhome. Whilst none of them will offer 100% total security, no system will offer that, they do all provide a visual deterrent to thieves.
To anyone looking to steal a vehicle, any physical lock means that the vehicle will take longer to steal. Added time means they’re more likely to be spotted (or caught) so use them regularly and advertise on the vehicle that they’re fitted. Any of those devices listed means any would-be thief might think twice before trying to make off with your vehicle.
MOTORHOME SECURITY WITH A VEHICLE TRACKER
If you’re looking for something a little more high-tech, then a car tracker might be exactly what you need. We stock a fantastic range of trackers designed specifically for motorhomes, as well as some that work incredibly well, no matter what vehicle you have.
One of the most popular features with motorhome owners is the ‘lifetime subscription’ feature that comes with Phantom’s iTrack S5 and Ultimate models, the S5 Motorhome Defender, S5+ (with Immobilisation) and S7 ALS trackers from ScorpionTrack, aswell as the fantastic systems from SmarTrack including the Motorhome Protector and Trident.
All of these systems offer all the features you would expect, including access to 24/7 call centres, a dedicated smartphone app and a raft of alarms and notifications to keep you fully informed about the status of your vehicle.
In addition, some of these systems, like the S5+ with immobilisation and even the Meta Trak Deadlock have a very useful feature called ‘No Tag, No Start’. This basically means that if the small ADR tag that comes with these systems is not within range, the vehicle will not start. In addition, with those trackers, the 24/7 control centre can also immobilise the vehicle remotely should it need to giving you complete peace-of-mind.
The vast range of trackers offered at Infiniti Tracking allow you to:
⚬ Easily transfer your tracker from one vehicle to another.
⚬ Buy a lifetime subscription model that lasts for the life of the vehicle.
⚬ Protect your motorhome anywhere in the world and have it installed for you anywhere in the UK.
Whether you’re rocking a 20-year old caravan or a luxury motorhome with all the amenities of home, you’ll want to keep it secure. Infiniti have been working in this ever-changing, demanding industry for over 20 years so we can help you navigate the market to find you the very best tracker for your vehicle, your budget and your personal circumstances. Our friendly team are available to you for help, advice and sales from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday on 0330 043 3993 so just ask!
It’s fair to say, no matter what aspect of life you’re looking at, the technology we use every day has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. This is especially true when it comes to car security.
Whilst the old-school security measures of steering wheel locks, gearstick brackets or wheel boots were once de-rigour for every motorist wanting to protect their vehicle, the high-tech world we live in means that they simply aren’t enough on their own anymore against a determined car thief.
The most up-to-date cars possess technology that enhances the driving experience that would seem like witchcraft just a couple of decades ago. With every ground-breaking automotive advancement we make, the cat-and-mouse nature of security means that there’s always a workaround or loophole they can exploit.
Nothing exemplifies this more than the car tracker.
HOW TRACKING SIGNALS WORK
Vehicle trackers, like every other product on the market, come with a variety of features that their manufacturer hopes will make their product stand out in an ever-more crowded marketplace. Dedicated smartphone apps, control centre support and notifications are commonplace but they also share the need for a signal/connection to make these features a reality.
Depending on which tracking system you buy, it will be able to operate using one, or more, frequencies to help triangulate its position, by working out how long the signal takes to be sent, received and returned by different satellites in orbit above the Earth.
WHAT FREQUENCIES ARE UTILISED
Across the range of vehicle trackers we sell here at Infiniti, if you look at the specifications of many of them, you’ll see that all of them will use GPS (Global Positioning System). GPS is just one frequency on which their signal is broadcast. Think of it as the baseline.
All GPS satellites broadcast on at least two carrier frequencies. These are ‘L1’ which operates at 1575.42 MHz and ‘L2’ at 1227.6 MHz. It’s also worth noting that newer GPS satellites also broadcast on L5 at 1176 MHz. Unfortunately, these frequencies can be blocked with the right equipment.
Ideally, you want a tracker that doesn’t just rely on one signal, but instead can harness the power, and therefore reliability and accuracy, of multiple networks. Even if one if blocked, the others will still work.
These can include GLONASS, Galileo, LBS, GSM and VHF. All of which can, given the right tools, still be blocked, with the exception of the final one; VHF or Very High Frequency. The reason it can’t be blocked is simply that it’s undetectable. It’s for that reason it’s the signal chosen by military operations across the world.
WHAT DOES INSURANCE-APPROVED MEAN?
If, as part of your car insurance policy, the company has asked for the vehicle in question to have an ‘insurance approved’ tracking system installed, then it can be confusing as to what this actually means. In reality, it often means that the tracker they require installing needs to detect any tampering.
This is often standard and can easily be measured thanks to its dedicated smartphone app. This will help monitor and alert you to any attempts to tamper with the vehicle. Whilst the reality is that GPS or GSM signals can be blocked, devices like the Protect and Connect S5 from Vodafone Automotive or the S5+ and Locate systems from Tracker can alert you when there is an attempt to block those signals.
With every system sold by Infiniti Tracking you will:
⚬ Find professional, courteous help and advice to find the right tracking for you.
⚬ Be sure to have your device fitted wherever you are in the UK by our team of dedicated trained engineers.
⚬ Get peace of mind that you’re dealing with experts in the industry.
Whilst the sheer range of products on offer can be daunting, we are here to help you find the right system for you. We know how much you value your car and we respect that it can be daunting to find the right one, so our team are available to you from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday on 0330 043 3993 to help, so just ask!
If you’ve read one of our previous blogs discussing the Top 10 Cities for car crime, then you might have been surprised that Leicester was number one. You might conclude that you’re safe if you live in the south but sadly, you’re out of luck. Slough in Berkshire was number two on the list! If you thought living down the road from the Queen would keep your vehicle safe, think again.
Between May 2021 and April 2022, statistics from the Home Office showed that there were a massive 5138 car crimes reported across Berkshire, including the key county towns of Slough, Reading, Chalvey and Upton. Despite the advances in car security, it seems that the equipment you get as standard, even in brand new cars, isn’t enough to keep your car out of their thieving hands.
HOW THIEVES STEAL YOUR CAR
As technology within even the most modest family car gets more and more advanced, so do the techniques thieves use to whisk your pride and joy away from you. You don’t have to live in any of the Top 10 areas for car crime to become a victim of it.
Many of the basic techniques you can use to prevent yourself from being a victim of car crime are still just as relevant today as they ever were. Make sure your vehicle’s doors are securely locked and that the windows and sunroof, if you have one, are also firmly shut.
Even if they don’t steal the car itself, many crimes involve the theft of registration plates, so make sure you have tamper-resistant screws fitted. If your car has alloy wheels, ensure you also have locking wheel nuts installed.
BEWARE THE RELAY ATTACK
As we mentioned earlier, the advances in car security have also given rise to a speight of car theft that uses cutting-edge technology to get around even the most sophisticated systems. This is where things like keyless entry have become the go-to tactic for many thieves.
Keyless entry theft, sometimes referred to as a relay attack, relies on the key fobs that many modern cars utilise instead of a physical key that goes into an ignition.
Using their own pieces of technology, thieves will position themselves between your key and car, usually by standing just outside your front door, and hijack the legitimate signal emitted from your fob, relaying the signal to your car, so it opens up and even allows itself to be started. Once that’s done, they simply drive away without you even noticing, until it’s too late of course.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
Keyless entry thefts blur the lines between high-tech and low-tech. The equipment used is advanced, but the method isn’t. Thankfully you can easily protect yourself against it by keeping your car keys away from the front door to stop them from stealing the signal or, better still, keep them in a Faraday box which keeps the signal contained.
Should the worst happen and your car is stolen, whether it’s an all-time classic car or a cutting-edge luxury motor, you’re going to need something to help recover the vehicle quickly and safely. Car trackers are the way to go.
Having a device covertly installed on your car means that there will be no hiding place for them. We have a range of devices to suit every vehicle, from cars, motorbikes, vans and motorhomes and to fit every budget.
Whilst many share the same fantastic features like 24/7 control centre availability and dedicated apps with real-time alerts and notifications, some also come with the latest vehicle protections including Remote Immobilisation, ‘No-Tag-No-Start’ technology and multi-frequency tracking to make sure you always, ALWAYS know where your vehicle is.
With Infiniti Tracking in your corner you will:
⚬ Benefit from UK-wide fitting by our fully trained professional installation engineers.
⚬ A huge range of Thatcham and insurance-approved trackers for all cars, motorbikes, motorhomes and vans.
⚬ Find a tracker that suits your circumstances, vehicle and budget.
Whether you live in Slough, or anywhere else in the UK, we have a car tracker within our range of products for you. Our team are available from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday on 0330 043 3993 to help you choose and to arrange installation. We look forward to helping you on your journey from Berkshire to car security heaven!
Of all the iconic names associated with the motor vehicle industry, there are few that symbolise what the car’s impact on the world has been as much as Volkswagen, or VW as they’re often referred to. This German manufacturer has been making vehicles since its conception in 1937. In the years since, Volkswagen, meaning ‘People’s Car’, has grown from its roots in Nazi Germany, to become one of the most popular and most well-regarded manufacturers in the world.
Over the last 80 years or so, VW has created a stream of iconic vehicles from the original Beetle, their legendary Camper Van, known officially as the VW Transporter, right through to the modern age with the Golf GTi, Scirocco and the relaunched, reimagined Beetle, but that popularity comes at a price though.
The VW Golf alone is the 4th most stolen car in the UK, not surprising since it’s also one of the 10 best-selling cars in the UK in 2022.
PROTECT YOUR VW WITH A CAR TRACKER
Whether you’ve bought a brand new VW or a preloved one, you’re going to want to protect it and the best way to do that is with a car tracker. It can be daunting sifting through all the terminology and myriad of feature-sets, trying to work out which one suits you and your vehicle the best, especially with so many to choose from. Thankfully, that’s where Infiniti Tracking excels!
We’ve put together two of the best VW car trackers available to help you out, all of which are approved by Volkswagen themselves. Starting with…
META TRAK S7-ATS
Whilst the impact of not protecting your car is large, this tracker is one of the smallest out there but still packs some real power. The S7-ATS from Meta Trak isn’t just an incredible tracker from a highly-regarded company, it’s also approved by Volkswagen themselves. If you’re looking for a Thatcham and insurance-approved tracker, then this should definitely be on your radar.
Rated as S7 by security researchers Thatcham, the S7-ATS comes with all the features you would expect including a 24-hour control centre that helps monitor the location of your car at all times. The trackers also come with its own smartphone app that gives you access to real-time, real-world data and alerts including journey history, low battery, tamper and motion alerts. All designed to give you peace of mind that your car is where you left it and if not, exactly where it is so it can be recovered quickly and easily.
VODAFONE PROTECT AND CONNECT S5 VTS
Vodafone might not be a name you immediately associate with car trackers, but their Automotive decision makes some amazing systems, including this Protect and Connect device. It meets Thatcham’s highest S5 criteria for car security so you know you’re getting something special. It’s also another system approved by the good people at VW.
Being a S5-rated system means that it comes with some features you won’t find on S7 trackers including Automatic Driver Recognition (ADR) tags. These fantastic pieces of technology give you even more control. Designed to be kept on your person, they transmit an encrypted wireless signal unique to your vehicle. Essentially, this means that your car will only start when these tags are within range of the vehicle, if not, the car remains immobilised. If an attempt to start the car without a tag being present occurs, the alarm will be triggered.
In addition to ADR, you get all the alerts and notifications you would expect including low battery and disconnection alerts and even blocking alerts. All these features and more are easily managed with its dedicated app and backed up by their 24-hour control centre.
GO THE EXTRA MILE
It’s worth pointing out that if you’ve bought a new VW, then you’ll already know it comes with Volkswagen’s own We-Connect app. You might think that this negates the need for a car tracker, but that’s not the case. It’s true that the We-Connect app can help you find your car, but it’s really more aimed at locating it in a huge car park; it’s called ‘Parking Position’ after all. Yes, it can find its location, but it relies on you actively checking the app. This won’t be much use if you’re away, or asleep, and the first time you realise your car’s been stolen is 8 hours after the fact.
⚬ Benefit from UK-wide fitting by our fully trained professional installation engineers.
⚬ Choose from a full range of Thatcham and insurance-approved trackers for all cars, motorbikes, motorhomes and vans.
⚬ If you change your vehicle,easily transfer your tracker from your old car to the new one.
Whether you have a Volkswagen or any other type of car for that matter, we are sure to have a car tracker that meets your needs. Take a look at the fantastic range of products we have in our online store and, when you’re ready to take the next step, or just need a friendly, knowledgeable voice to talk to help you choose, give our team a call on 0330 043 3993. We’re open 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday, and we’d be delighted to help you. We also offer nationwide installation delivered at a time and place to suit you whether you drive a VW or not!