10 June 2019

Theft Recovery Tracking vs Telematics

Posted in Information, News

Theft Recovery Tracking and Telematics: What’s the difference?

It’s been well documented that vehicle theft is on the rise. The Association of British Insurers paid out £108million in Q1 of 2019, £1.2million every day… and the home office has recorded a 50% increase in vehicle thefts over the last five years. 

Despite all this doom and gloom, Sure-Track has operated at a 90% recovery rate over the last 14 years. 

Sure-Track is in the fortunate position of selling both Wireless Theft Recovery and Telematics, therefore we are able to be open and upfront about the differences in the technology and make sure our customers are supplied with the most suitable solution for their needs.

Telematics, is without a doubt the most popular of the two. If used correctly it can reduce costs, increase productivity and result in a far more efficient and safer fleet.

Wireless Theft Recovery, offers none of the above. THIS DOES NOT MAKE IT INFERIOIR. Instead it is a small wireless device that can be hidden almost anywhere in the vehicle, and rather than reporting on a minute by minute basis it is called into action in the event of a theft.

There is a misconception in the market that telematics can be used for Theft recovery. Obviously it is better than nothing, but a sophisticated criminal will likely find and remove the telematics in a matter of minutes. Whereas the theft recovery unit (if installed correctly) will lie covertly in the vehicle and shouldn’t be discovered, resulting in a successful recovery.

It is not unheard of to utilise both systems. We have a number of customers who use Telematics in their vehicles and have one of our Wireless Theft Recovery products also installed as backup. This has proven to be a successful tactic, the telematics almost always gets removed but at the same time acting as a decoy to the theft recovery unit which remains undiscovered. We have a 100% success rate for customers with both units installed.

Last week we recovered 3 machines and a van. One of the machine recoveries took 2 days. This may seem like something we would not want to advertise but in-fact it was a great example of our theft recovery product working where telematics would have failed.

The machine was obviously hidden well, thus blocking it’s signal, meaning the telematics would have almost certainly not worked. Our Wireless Theft Recovery device was able to communicate, allowing us to activate the movement sensor and use cell triangulation to get one of our trained finders in the vicinity.

After searching for over 1 day we got a movement from the machine (it was taken out of the container and loaded onto a trailer). Not only did the unit start seeing more cells but we were able to pick up a Radio (RF) signal which meant it was game-on! We were closing in on the location but then suddenly we started getting considerable movements, the stolen machine was taken out of the town andonto the motorway! Our finder liaised with our monitoring station and was able to follow closely.

During the pursuit, our finders RF signal increased, followed shortly by a visual of the stolen machine on the back of the trailer. At this point we called the police who joined us right at the end to assist with recovery and make the necessary arrests.

This was not a straightforward recovery but was made possible by cell triangulation, RF technology, and our dedicated finder network. On top of this, the fact our unit was wireless, installed covertly and had a movement sensor was equally important.

This is not an anti-telematics article. Infact we think telematics is an absolute no brainer for fleets. Our point is, if you have theft concerns then make sure you fit a Wireless Theft Recovery device, even if it means an additional unit to your current Telematics system.