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Over 90% of stolen cars fitted with a tracker are recovered

16th August 2011 Print

The first half of 2011 saw TRACKER recover nearly £7.5 million worth of stolen cars,resulting in 64 arrests across the UK.  Whilst less than half of reported stolen cars are ever recovered by the police, the success rate radically improves if a TRACKER device is installed.  Well over 90% of stolen vehicles fitted with a TRACKER device are returned to their owners and 80% of these are recovered within 24hrs.   
Stephen Doran, Managing Director for TRACKER comments: “Being a victim of car theft, particularly if it involved a home burglary or assault, can be very traumatic.   But the impact it can have on your finances and disruption to your everyday life can be as equally distressing.  Not all insurance policies automatically include hire car cover, and those that do are often for a limited period only.  Unless you hire a car at your own expense, your daily routine, such as getting to work, the school run, grocery shopping, all the things we take for granted when we have a car, will become a significant inconvenience.
“Motorists need to arm themselves and their car against criminals.  Using a combination of GSM, GPS and VHF technology TRACKER is successfully working in partnership with the police to help clamp down on car criminals.  With more than 90% recovery rate TRACKER could save you considerable heartache, inconvenience and expense.”
TRACKER’s Stolen Vehicle Recovery Facts, January-June 2011:

Key Theft Still An Issue:

Despite continued warnings to motorists, car key theft continues to be a major issue with 78% of cars stolen January-June 2011 done so using the owner’s car keys.     These  figures are a vital reminder to people of the value of investing in a good tracking device – increasing the chances of a stolen vehicle being recovered.

It’s Not Just Prestige Cars:

Over 50% of the vehicles stolen and recovered by TRACKER were valued at less than £20,000.  3% of the vehicles TRACKER recovered were valued at more than £50,000. The biggest price tag came on a recovered Rolls Royce Phantom worth £140,000.    A £20,000 BMW M3 was stolen and recovered in Belgium, highlighting the value of TRACKER’s pan-European service, offering motorists added peace of mind.

BMW Tops the Stolen & Recovered League Table:

For the first time the BMW 1 Series entered the Most Commonly Stolen and Recovered TRACKER league table, topping the chart and knocking the BMW X5 off poll position – which it has held for the last two years.  The Volkswagen Golf and Audi RS came in joint third and are both regulars on the league table.  However, the VW Golf has climbed up the table from 9th to 3rd position compared to 2010.

No Change in Regional Crime Hot Spots:

London, Manchester, Essex and the West Midlands continue to be the regions where the highest numbers of vehicles are stolen and recovered by TRACKER.  Whilst remaining in the top 4, Manchester has seen a decline in criminal activity compared to 2010.   Cheshire and Cambridgeshire saw an increased level of vehicle theft, entering the top ten regions table for the first time in two years.
How Does TRACKER Work?

TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there. The Police will then track and locate the stolen vehicle. Unlike other tracking systems, the device works even if the vehicle is hidden in a garage or shipping container, offering car owners the ultimate in peace of mind should the worst happen.
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