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Protect your BMW with Tracker

18th September 2012 Print

A BBC Watchdog investigation has revealed that thieves are now using a device readily available on the internet to steal BMWs and other high end cars without the need for the owner’s keys. Tracker, the leader in stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) warns car owners to protect their assets from thieves. Installing an SVR unit significantly increases the likelihood of police locating the criminals and returning the stolen vehicle to its owner.
“BMW have made some excellent advances in improving the owners’ experience with smart key systems. However, the Watchdog investigation showed that thieves have managed to hack on-board computer systems, allowing them to programme a blank key in less than three minutes,” explained Stuart Chapman, head of Tracker’s Police Relationship Team of Tracker. “Some BMWs are particularly vulnerable to this type of theft, but owners can still stop thieves in their tracks.
“Around 90% of stolen vehicles fitted with a Tracker are returned to their owner, and 80% of these are recovered within 24 hours, making an SVR unit the ultimate protection against thieves. Standard security measures, such as alarms and crook locks, all serve as a deterrent, but only a tracker device can help police find a stolen car and lead them directly to the criminals, making it the ultimate security system.”
Tracker’s range of SVR products work like electronic homing devices. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around a vehicle. Used by all 52 police forces, Tracker’s products incorporate GSM, GPS and VHF technology in one unit, ensuring the speedy and safe recovery of stolen assets. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there. Unlike other systems, Tracker’s devices work no matter where the vehicle or equipment is hidden, even if taken abroad or hidden in a garage or lock up.
Tracker’s Mesh Network creates an added defence against vehicle theft. Other vehicles already fitted with Tracker SVR units can identify stolen vehicles fitted with Tracker, creating a unique vehicle ‘social network’. Since its launch in March, the Mesh Network has led to the recovery of over £1,600,000 worth of stolen vehicles, helping to close the net on car thieves.
“As criminals continue to come up with more and more sophisticated ways of separating car owners from their most prized possessions, Tracker is finding new and intelligent ways to stop them in their tracks”, concluded Stuart Chapman.