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Vehicle GPS Tracking – Automotive Recovery Systems

Imaging coming out of a supermarket or mall and heading out to where you though you left your car. Most of us have misplaced our vehicles before, “Was that lot C or D?”. If you are like me one of the first things you do when you can’t find your car is hit the arm disarm button on your car’s car alarm key fob and hope you can hear the familiar “beep beep”. If not walk around a while and keep trying. Yes, you look like a fool, but everyone has done it.

Now imagine a half hour later and you still can’t find your car, now an hour etc. Somewhere along the line it starts to become certain. Someone has stolen your car!

Automotive alarm systems

There are a lot of good automotive alarm systems out there. Many of them automatically arm up if you forget to arm it yourself. And yet still the rate of car theft keeps rising. One reason is that thieves practice on getting into particular cars that they can get the most money out of in the black market. While auto alarms are a good deterrent they are not always able to protect your car. Thieves train on how to get past car alarm systems.

Vehicle GPS Tracking

So what can be done to further protect your car from theft? One option is to install a GPS tracking device. While this doesn’t keep your car from being stolen it does help the police quickly locate the vehicle before it gets torn apart and sold for parts.

One of the most well known tracking device manufacturers is LoJack (Lo Jack). LoJack sends out a wireless radio signal when activated that can be tracked by the police. This differs from standard GPS systems whose signals can be blocked by tall buildings in the area or when parked in concrete structures lake garages, warehouses or underground parking lots.

The Lo Jack system is not actually an alarm system, although it can be set up to notify you as soon as your car is moved (instead of waiting for you to notice the theft and notify the police). Lo Jack and other comparable systems are considered vehicle recovery systems, which help the police locate your vehicle after it is stolen.

2011 California Most stolen Cars

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has listed the most popular car for car thieves in California. While each year the list changes somewhat there are particular brands that are the most common targets for car thieves.

  • 1991 Honda Accord
  • 1995 Honda Civic
  • 1989 Toyota Camry
  • 1994 Acura Integra
  • 1994 Nissan Sentra
  • 2003 Toyota Corolla
  • 1999 Full Size Chevy Pickup
  • 1997 Nissan Altima
  • 1995 Saturn SL
  • 1988 Toyota Pickup 4x2

Auto Insurance Discounts

Many insurance companies will give discounts on the insurance premium for cars with automotive alarm systems and stolen vehicle recovery systems like Lo Jack or one of the other auto GPS tracking systems available. In time these discounts can help offset the $600 - $1000 you will pay for the Lo Jack system or $200 - $500 you will pay for a quality car alarm system.

In addition to the car insurance discount adding these devices to your prized possession will give you the peace of mind of knowing that you are not only deterring the theft of your car, but also greatly increasing the chance of recovering your vehicle if it does get stolen.