Be it trailers, dumpers, excavators or telehandlers, rental companies face massive annual losses due to theft. As a result of the increasingly sophisticated techniques by thieves and the more advanced technology, it has become more difficult for fleet owners to recover their lost items. On average, only around 5-20% of all stolen vehicles are retrieved. Despite the alarming figures, there are still rental companies that don’t apply any theft prevention, allowing thieves to easily transport vehicles abroad.
Why GPS is not the ideal solution for theft prevention
Even though GPS has become a significant trend among fleet owners throughout the years, it still couldn’t hinder thieves. GPS is a global tracking system that uses a network of satellites and ground stations to determine the correct location of an object or a person. It transmits information by sending out microwave signals to the GPS device. Due to that fact, the device mustn’t be blocked by structures or being indoors. But this, in turn, means that GPS trackers are easily found and removed. Furthermore, thieves use jammers to interrupt GPS signals and make it impossible for vehicle owners to recover the trackied assets.
Lastly, the delay in the discovery of the theft is one of the major challenges asset managers have to face. A theft takes on average about three to five days, too little time for fleet owners to notice and act. After succeeding in removing the GPS tracker, thieves wait to make sure the vehicle is clear from any other trackers and quickly move the vehicle from the premises. Eventually, they export and resell it in a different country.
Protect your assets from unauthorized use with GSM trackers
Unlike GPS tracking solutions, GSM trackers like Kizy don’t require an external power supply, yet they are still very energy efficient! The credit card size of the Kizy tracker makes it easy to hide it anywhere within or underneath a vehicle or any other asset. As the Kizy K-2 Tracker has a lifetime of up to one year, it can work for months without charging.
GSM trackers base themselves on cell phone network connections. Thus, they are more difficult to jam. The global coverage enables GSM trackers to determine the location of the vehicle abroad, even when they are hidden in metal surroundings, buildings or containers. Another major benefit of GSM live trackers is the easy installation. Rental companies can easily attach and detach the GSM tracker from the vehicle in case of selling or reselling. Besides that, stolen vehicles can be reported right after a theft happened and tracked in real-time.
GPS vs. GSM tracking
Traditional GPS trackers are not as sufficient for theft prevention as they were before. GPS trackers need constant energy supply and are easy to be removed. Moreover, GPS won’t transmit data from within buildings and metallic environements such as containers. But this is where stolen goods are usually located after a theft.
GSM trackers are highly modern. They offer a reliable alternative and they add new features to GPS trackers. Their credit-card size makes them easy to hide, and based on the tracking scheme, their autonomy can last one year and even up to three years, when upgrading with the K-Box extension. Using GSM technology makes assets like a vehicle harder to steal and easier to recover. (See here for more information about asset tracking).
While modern technology may prevent vehicles from being stolen, it is still necessary to remember to lock machines, mark equipment, and insure materials. By doing so, you have already made the first step towards theft prevention. As you keep adding more advanced options, it is important to follow the basic steps for seamless protection.
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