In the ever-evolving landscape of vehicle security, one term that has gained prominence, especially here in the UK, is the Thatcham Tracker.

As car theft continues to be a prevalent concern, drivers increasingly turn to advanced security measures to protect their vehicles.

In this blog post, we will delve into the world of Thatcham Trackers, exploring what they are, how they work and why they have become a vital component in the car security market.

Car theft remains a significant issue across the United Kingdom and in many places around the world, with criminals employing increasingly sophisticated methods to bypass traditional security measures.

The need for robust, intelligent solutions to counteract these threats has never been more critical. Recognising this, the Thatcham Research Centre, a leading authority on vehicle safety and security, first introduced the Thatcham Tracker system in the 1970s.

Fast forward to today, a Thatcham-approved tracker has become a sophisticated vehicle tracking and recovery system designed to enhance car security. Thatcham Research, an independent organisation established by the UK insurance industry, sets the standards for vehicle security, among other things.

Thatcham Trackers, therefore, adhere to a set of stringent criteria to ensure their effectiveness in deterring theft and aiding in the recovery of stolen vehicles.

Most Thatcham trackers operate on a combination of GPS (Global Positioning System) and GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) technology, whilst others also incorporate VHF, GLONASS and MESH.

The GPS component allows for accurate location tracking, while the GSM technology enables communication between the tracker and a monitoring centre. This real-time connectivity ensures that the vehicle’s location is constantly updated and can be monitored remotely, either by the user or a dedicated control centre operated by tracking system manufacturers.

In the event of a theft, the Thatcham Tracker becomes an invaluable tool for recovery.

Once the theft is reported to the monitoring centre, they can track the vehicle’s movements and liaise with the Police to facilitate a swift recovery. The speed and accuracy of Thatcham Trackers make them a formidable deterrent against thieves.

Thatcham Research categorises vehicle tracking systems into various classes, each denoting a specific level of security and functionality.

Whilst the designations have changed over the years, and continue to evolve, the current categories are as follows:

  1. Thatcham Category S7: This category covers basic vehicle tracking systems with GPS functionality. While providing location tracking, they may lack additional features found in higher categories.
  2. Thatcham Category S5: These trackers offer enhanced security features, including motion sensing and automatic driver recognition. They are often equipped with smartphone apps for remote monitoring and control.
  3. Thatcham Category S5 Plus: The highest level of tracking system, S5 Plus includes all the features of the S5 but with the added capability of remote engine immobilisation. This feature allows the monitoring centre to prevent the vehicle from even starting, increasing the chances of recovery.
  1. Insurance Approval: Many insurance providers in the UK require vehicles to have Thatcham-approved security systems for coverage. Installing a Thatcham Tracker can lead to lower insurance premiums as it significantly reduces the risk of theft and aids in quick recovery.
  2. Proactive Security Measures: Thatcham Trackers offer more than just location tracking. With features like automatic driver recognition and remote engine immobilisation, they actively deter thieves and protect vehicles even when the owner is not present.
  3. Quick Recovery: In the unfortunate event of a theft, the real-time tracking capabilities of Thatcham Trackers greatly enhance the chances of a swift recovery. This not only minimises the financial loss for the owner but also aids law enforcement in apprehending criminals.

Selecting the right Thatcham Tracker for your vehicle involves considering factors such as:

Your budget

The level of security required, and

Consulting with an experienced car security professional like the team here at Infiniti can help you make an informed decision based on your specific needs.

In the face of rising car theft rates, the Thatcham Tracker has emerged as a powerful ally for vehicle owners in the UK.

Combining cutting-edge technology with stringent security standards, the Thatcham trackers we sell all offer a comprehensive solution to the ever-present threat of theft. As the automotive industry continues to innovate, investing in a Thatcham Tracker is a proactive step toward safeguarding your vehicle and ensuring peace of mind on the road.

If you want to protect your car, bike, truck or motorhome, we have a tracking system that will be perfect for you. To find out more please call our team who are available from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday on 0330 043 3993 and we’d be delighted to help.

In the fast-paced world we live in, car security has become more crucial than ever.

As technology advances, so do the tools at our disposal to protect our vehicles from theft.

One such innovation making waves in the car security market in recent years are those trackers utilising VHF technology.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into what VHF is in the context of car tracking and explore the tracking systems that leverage this technology to provide robust security solutions.

VHF stands for Very High Frequency, referring to the radio frequency range between 30 MHz and 300 MHz.

In the context of car trackers, VHF technology utilises these radio frequencies for communication and tracking purposes.

The use of VHF in car tracking systems has gained popularity due to its distinct advantages over other tracking technologies.

VHF tracking systems operate by transmitting signals between the tracking device installed in the vehicle and a network of strategically placed ground-based stations.

These stations, often operated by dedicated tracking companies, receive and triangulate the signals emitted by the VHF device, enabling much more precise location tracking.

One of the standout features of VHF tracking systems is their ability to penetrate obstacles that often hinder other tracking technologies.

Buildings, tunnels, underground car parks, shipping containers and dense urban environments can be challenging for traditional GPS trackers, but VHF signals excel in maintaining connectivity in these scenarios, ensuring that your car remains traceable no matter where it is.

Smart car parking tracking system in mall with lights signals to track, indicated and navigate car to available vacancy

Compared to some more power-hungry GPS trackers, VHF devices boast impressive energy efficiency.

This leads to extended battery life, a critical factor for long-term tracking solutions. With a VHF tracker, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is protected without the need for frequent battery replacements.

VHF tracking systems offer exceptional accuracy, especially in urban areas where traditional GPS signals might struggle due to tall office or residential blocks and other obstacles.

The triangulation process enabled by VHF technology provides pinpoint accuracy, making it easier for the Police or security personnel to recover stolen vehicles quickly.

Now that we understand the advantages of VHF in car trackers, let’s explore some notable tracking systems that leverage this technology available here at Infiniti.

1. TRACKER S5 Plus

As we touched upon earlier, the Tracker S5 Plus uses a combination of VHF, GPS & GSM technology and also incorporates Driver ID tags, but it’s the VHF technology which really sets it apart from other S5 products. This makes the S5 Plus extremely resilient to signal jammers. 

In addition to Europe-wide coverage, geofence and tamper alerts, the S5 Plus also provides signal jamming alerts as a result of the integrated cutting-edge technology.

You also get access to the Tracker Touch app which gives you 24/7 visibility of the vehicle’s location right from your smartphone.

2. TRACKER Retrieve

Tracker’s Retrieve model was developed to protect unpowered or infrequently used vehicles or assets like caravans, trailers, etc. The device has a long battery life capable of up to 5 years on standby.

The Retrieve has its own built-in battery so does not need to be connected to the electrical system of your vehicle. This means that the device is quick and easy to fit and suitable for all kinds of vehicles and assets such as quad bikes, horseboxes, trailers, catering vans and even classic cars.

Despite this, the device still comes with integrated VHF technology which means it’s also highly resilient to modern tracker jamming techniques, the police force can quickly and efficiently pinpoint the location of the vehicle.

The Tracker Locate combines VHF with the more commonly used GPS and GSM technologies to send an alert if an attempt is made to jam the communication system. 

In addition to Geofence and battery disconnect alerts, the device is also connected to all UK police forces and will inform them of the initial location of the stolen vehicle.

This functionality allows the police to employ the precision inherent within VHF technology to track a stolen vehicle to its exact location, even if it’s hidden in a less obvious place, like a shipping container or underground car park.

As technology continues to evolve, so does the landscape of car security.

VHF tracking systems are at the forefront of this evolution, offering a reliable and efficient solution for vehicle tracking and recovery.

As the demand for enhanced car security grows, we can expect further advancements in VHF technology, leading to even more sophisticated and effective tracking systems.

I hope we’ve shown that VHF trackers represent a significant leap forward in the quest for robust car security. Their ability to overcome the limitations of traditional tracking technologies, coupled with extended battery life and increased accuracy, makes them a compelling choice for vehicle owners looking to safeguard their assets.

Whether you opt for established brands like those from TRACKER we’ve shown above, investing in a VHF tracking system is a proactive step toward ensuring the safety of your vehicle in an ever-changing world.

We hope we’ve shown the power and versatility of VHF trackers. When you’re ready to buy, please take a look at these and the rest of our fantastic range where we’re sure 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 and can arrange installation throughout the UK.

At the end of 2020, there were over 400,000 Range Rovers registered and on the roads in the UK. As a car, it’s one that has only gained in stature in recent years. and become quite the status symbol.

Rather than the ‘box on wheels’ image it once had in the 1970s, this luxury SUV has gradually transformed itself and become an icon of our roads the world over.

Because it’s so highly sought after, car thieves want it as much as the rest of us, and that’s not a good combination. If you’re driving one of these incredible vehicles and want to know how to protect it from theft, then you’re in the right place.


The best ways to securing your Range Rover will vary depending on which model you have and on the age of your vehicle.

The later Range Rover models, like the Evoque and Sport, are much more technologically advanced in terms of their security systems compared to many of the older models, but that’s not to say older models aren’t attractive to thieves.

In fact, the older Defender model is often high on a thieves wish list as it’s relatively easy to steal due to it’s age and specification.

It might sound obvious, but many of the most successful ways to secure your Range Rover, regardless of the model, is to observe some basic security fundamentals.

When leaving your vehicle, make sure it’s locked at all times (even when you’re driving it). Thanks to features like keyless entry and remote locking, many people still often forget to lock their car when leaving it alone.

Often key fobs need to be directed at the car to lock it and many people don’t do that. When leaving your vehicle unattended, always physically double check that it’s locked and secure.

If you’re leaving it alone for any period of time, always try to park in a well-lit space, populated areas and, ideally, one protected by security cameras. Thieves love dark corners and out-of-the-way car parks, so don’t give them any more opportunities to steal your car.


Of course it should come as no surprise to you that one of the best defences against Range Rover theft is with a vehicle tracker. If you’re looking for one that is approved by Range Rover themselves, then the Teletrac Trackstar S5 is one to take notice of.

This incredible S5 tracker is insurance-approved and comes with Thatcham’s highest rating so you know it’s going to deliver on every feature you want.

As well as the standard alerts and notifications you’d expect like battery disconnect, motion and low battery, thanks to its dedicated smartphone app, 24/7 Control Centre and Driver ID tags, this tracker gives you the protection few other trackers can match.

The Driver ID tags themselves are an amazing piece of kit. These small technological marvels only allow the car to be started and driven away when they are in close proximity to the car. In other words, when you’re close by.

At the time of writing, we’re also running a FREE subscription offer on this particular tracker when you purchase either a 1 or 3 year subscription, so get in touch to take advantage of this great deal.


For all the built-in and additional technology keeping your Range Rover secure, thieves are also using cutting-edge technology of their own, but that may not mean what you think it does.

Increasingly, thieves are learning that if they cut a square hole in the plastic boot lid of a standard Range Rover, then they can access the wiring and hack into the onboard computer.

All the more reason to make sure you are fully protected with a tracker that will add another level of security to these fantastic cars and help you keep it just where YOU want it.

 If you need any advice on the best trackers to secure your Range Rover, get in touch with us. We have loads of options to choose from.

 Whilst some of the best deterents to help secure your vehicle are easy to use and cheap to obtain, they can only do so much.

Whether you drive a Range Rover or not, don’t become another victim of car crime. We can help.

You don’t need to drive a Range Rover to be serious about car security. Speak to our team, who are available from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday, on 0330 043 3993 and we can advise you on the best tracker for you and your car, bike, motorhome or van.

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.


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.


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.


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!

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