There are several types of vehicle tracking systems that make use of different methods of locating and transmitting technology.
The most common vehicle tracking device for investigation purposes is a GPS “slap & go” unit. The unit is self-powered and designed to be attached to the target vehicle without having to gain entry to the vehicle. The unit transmits a GPS location of the vehicle and in best cases, the vehicle’s location can be established to one metre accuracy. The mapping with the relevant vehicle positions is web based so, as long as one has access to the internet, the vehicle position can be established via a password accessed website. Once the investigators have established the client’s needs, there are several different configurations of the unit that can be set. Although the unit stores all the historical data of where the vehicle has been, a “go” or “no-go” area can be set where a breach would result in an alarm and notification sent to the user by e-mail, sms, a call from a third party control room etc. This would allow a pro-active approach in response to the breach.
The cost of the vehicle tracking system usually works out far less than the deployment of physical surveillance. In some cases, a combination of the two is also warranted. It must also be kept in mind that, if access into the vehicle is possible, then this option should also be considered as there are pros and cons with both types of deployment. The investigators would be able to consult with the client on the best possible solution for the client’s specific needs.
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