25 July 2018

Can Thieves Outsmart Your Vehicle’s Tracking System?

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Can Thieves Outsmart Your Vehicle’s Tracking System?

As thieves grow more sophisticated, traditional vehicle trackers become less effective. New technology, backed by Sigfox’s IoT network, gives automobile owners the tracking protection they need.


If you are one of millions of consumers who has a vehicle tracking device on your car, truck or motorcycle, you probably feel protected against thieves. You might even get a discount on your car insurance for being so prepared. After all, if your vehicle is stolen, your tracker’s signal will lead police straight to it. Or will it?


Most people don’t realize that it’s surprisingly easy for thieves to jam tracking devices, or mask signals so police can’t locate them. As thieves grow increasingly sophisticated, traditional vehicle trackers become less effective. But a new tracking technology, backed by Sigfox’s powerful IoT network, promises to give automobile owners the vehicle tracking protection they need.



Next-Generation Tracking Systems Give Vehicle Owners Better Protection Against Thieves

stolen car


Traditional vehicle tracking systems were once the gold standard for auto theft protection. Essentially, the technology works by wiring a small device into a car, truck or motorcycle and then using the device’s GPS signal to keep tabs on the vehicle.


But these devices rely on traditional cellular networks (GSM) to transmit their signals. Placing an inexpensive, portable signal jammer inside a stolen vehicle is all it takes for a thief to disable a tracking signal. Or, a thief might use a handheld digital RF detector to find a tracking device so he can remove it altogether. Even less tech-savvy thieves know that if they hide a stolen vehicle in an underground garage or inside a steel shipping container, tracking signals go dark.


Next-generation vehicle tracking systems, on the other hand, have proven to be virtually impenetrable to thieves

broken window car theft


Instead of depending on the strength of GSM signals, next-gen tracking devices send very short, low power radio signals on random frequencies over Sigfox’s global IoT network. Thieves can’t use jamming devices to disable the signal, and they won’t be able to find a device using an RF detector. 


And the best part? Next-gen tracking devices are easier to install and maintain than their predecessors, meaning not only do they work better, they are less expensive. For less than the cost to replace a broken windshield, you can gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no matter how smart car thieves get, your vehicle tracking system will always be smarter.


Read our full use case to learn more about how Sigfox enables the next-generation vehicle tracking systems and brings great benefits to insurance companies.


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