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Over Half A Million Pounds Of Stolen Light Commercial Vehicles Recovered In 2016

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  • Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) worth over half a million pounds were recovered by TRACKER in 2016
  • The average LCV value was £19,333
  • 44% of the vehicles were stolen using the owner’s keys and 44% of them were stolen and recovered in London
  • The Ford Transit accounted for over 50% of all LCVs recovered by TRACKER

According to the latest figures from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation,) Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) made up over half a million pounds of the overall recoveries in 2016. The Ford Transit was the most popular van stolen last year and accounted for over half of the LCV recoveries made by TRACKER. The stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) expert is urging business owners to ramp up the security on their vans.

The latest figures reveal the average value of vans stolen and recovered was £19,333, with 44% being stolen using the owner’s keys. Furthermore, London was the hot spot for van thieves in 2016 as 44% were stolen in the Capital.

Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER, comments, “A high number of vans are stolen in the UK every year, and our latest figures highlight just how much of an impact this can have on businesses. Nearly five and a half thousand Ford Transits were stolen in the UK last year, which is a thousand more than the previous year. Additionally, Mercedes Sprinters are proving to be equally as attractive to organised criminal gangs.

“The theft of a van can hit companies really hard regardless of their size, such as the loss of valuable tools and equipment, loss of business and costs associated with hiring a replacement, so van operators really need to consider protecting their vehicles with TRACKER’s market leading SVR technology.”

Unlike other stolen vehicle recovery devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for nearly 25 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery.

“Although using a TRACKER may not stop vehicles from being stolen in the first place, it dramatically increases the likelihood of it being recovered before it’s too late,” concludes Andy Barrs.

Source: Tracker

BMW X5 reclaims reign as most ‘stolen and recovered’ car in 2016 reports TRACKER

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According to the latest figures from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), the prestige 4×4, BMW X5, reclaimed its place as the most stolen and recovered vehicle in 2016.  BMW, Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz models dominated the 2016 TRACKER Top 10 Most Stolen and Recovered league table, but the Land Rover Defender entered the league for the first time, confirming a rise in demand since its production stopped in January of last year.  Audi falls out of the league table for the first time since 2011*.

2015 was the first time in the last 8 years when the BMW X5 didn’t hit the top spot; it was ousted by the Range Rover Sport which returned to second place in 2016. Four BMW models feature in the 2016 table, with the BMW M3 making a return appearance at third place; it dropped out of the table last year. The Range Rover Autobiography moves up to seventh place and the Range Roger Vogue drops to eighth.

In 2016, TRACKER reported a year-on-year increase of over 10% in the total volume of stolen cars it recovered; over £11.5 million worth of stolen vehicles were returned to their rightful owners. Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER explains, “Our latest figures reveal a shift in the most desirable makes and models that thieves are stealing to order, but 4x4s remain the most popular type of vehicles for thieves.  However, with the Mercedes C and E Class sitting in fourth and fifth, respectively, premium executive cars are also proving to be a target for criminals.”

The most expensive stolen car recovered by TRACKER in 2016 was a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG worth £120,000, followed by a Range Rover Autobiography and a Porsche 993, both worth £100,000.

“However, it’s important to note that the average value of vehicles stolen and recovered dropped to an average of £16,436, down from over £19,000 in 2015,” continues Andy Barrs.  “Thieves continued to target more affordable, yet popular brands, such as Ford, Vauxhall, and VW models, which were stolen in even greater numbers in 2016.  27% of all vehicles recovered by TRACKER in 2016 were valued at less than £5,000, including a VW Golf worth £400.

“1 in 3 vehicles recovered by TRACKER were stolen using the owner’s keys.  Although a TRACKER device won’t prevent a vehicle from being stolen, it’s clear from our figures that they significantly increase the chances of it being recovered and returned by the police. We continue to work closely with all UK police forces and in 2016 we assisted with 62 arrests, helping to close the net on the criminals.”

Unlike other stolen vehicle recovery devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for over 23 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery.

*The first The TRACKER Top Ten Most Stolen and Recovered League Table was published in 2011

TRACKER’S TOP TEN MOST STOLEN AND RECOVERED
TRACKER 2016 RECOVERY HIGHLIGHTS
Top Models Stolen in 2016 Top Models Stolen in 2015
1. BMW X5 1. Range Rover Sport
2. Range Rover Sport 2. BMW X5
3. BMW M3 3. Range Rover Vogue
4. Mercedes C Class 4. Mercedes C220
5. Mercedes E Class 5. BMW 3 Series
6. BMW 3 Series 6. Mercedes C63
7. Range Rover Autobiography 7. BMW 5 Series
8. Range Rover Vogue 8. Audi RS4
9. Land Rover Defender 9. Range Rover Biography
10. BMW 5 Series 10. Audi Q7
  • TRACKER recovered over £11.5million worth of vehicles in 2016
  • Average value of cars recovered in 2016 was £16,436 a decrease of £2,919, compared to 2015
  • A total of 62 arrests were made in 2016
  • 86 vehicles not fitted with a TRACKER device were also recovered alongside TRACKER recovered vehicles
  • January was the busiest month in 2016 with 74 recoveries in total worth £1,374,500
 Source: Tracker

TRACKER figures show the North/South car theft divide

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The North/South divide is often a cause for debate; however the latest figures from TRACKER show that 64% of cars stolen in the north of England in 2015 were stolen with keys. This compares to just 42% of cars in the south being stolen using keys. It’s clear that all car owners need to be vigilant, when it comes to keeping their car keys safe, but motorists in the north should be particularly vigilant urges TRACKER, the stolen vehicle recovery expert.

When it comes to the favoured models, car thieves in the north of England appear to prefer Mercedes Benz, whilst their counterparts in the south favour BMWs. However, figures indicate that a high percentage of vehicles in the north of the country are stolen by means of car key burglaries, frequently referred to by the police as ‘Hanoi’ or 2-in-1 burglaries, where thieves target a specific address where a desired vehicle is parked or garaged.

Supporting TRACKER’s research, West Yorkshire Police report that thieves committing burglaries in some parts of the county have switched their attention to stealing keys to take vehicles, rather than taking electrical items, money and jewellery. However, the reality is that offences where cars are stolen by means of burglary carry a much higher sentencing tariff than cars stolen by means of conventional vehicle theft.


Mercedes ML63 AMG stolen without keys.
Vehicle found on false plates and 1 arrest was made.

Meanwhile, in the south, car thieves tend to focus on compromising electronic security systems and key cloning, leading to the Metropolitan Police listing vehicle theft as one of its top seven priorities. The microchips embedded in keyless fobs emit a signal to the car which thieves are then able to intercept and copy, allowing them to start the car remotely without the owner’s knowledge. Stealing cars in this way carries a shorter jail sentence, reduces the risk of being caught red-handed and therefore serves as an additional incentive over car key burglaries.

“It’s clear from our survey and police reports that motorists need to take extra steps to protect their vehicles from thieves, but especially people in the north of England,” explains Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER. “Car owners need to be aware that thieves are always finding ways to crack manufacturer’s security measures, whether it’s hacking a vehicle or stealing the keys. This is why fitting a tracking device is fast becoming a vital part of modern security for car owners.

“Stolen vehicle recovery technology offers motorists an added level of protection from criminals. A tracking device won’t stop a car being stolen, but it will increase the chances of police finding and recovering it, even if it’s hidden in a garage or shipping container, making it the best way close the net on thieves.”

Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container.  TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.

Source: Tracker

 

Thieves turn to car cloning to aid a quick sale

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Whilst over a staggering 95% of stolen vehicles fitted with a TRACKER device are successfully located and recovered, less than an astonishing 50% of all cars stolen in the UK are never reunited with their legitimate owners. Many of these cars, warns TRACKER, are sold on to unsuspecting buyers, disguised by a cloned identity.

Car cloning is the vehicle equivalent of identity fraud – criminals steal a car and give it a new identity copied from a similar make and model vehicle already on the road. The criminal alters the unique 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the stolen car and in many cases, will even use a stolen V5/logbook to try to legitimise its identity.  A vehicle with a cloned identity is all the more difficult for the police to identify, and in turn, easier for the thief to sell on.

Two weeks ago, Nicholas Beecham, from Solihull, West Midlands had his Range Rover Sport stolen from outside his house.   Less than two hours after his TRACKER unit was activated, the police successfully located and recovered his vehicle.  Whilst thankfully the vehicle was undamaged, it had already been cloned; the criminals had used false number plates and a false matching VIN to hide its true identity.  “If I didn’t have a TRACKER on my car, it would have been gone for good.  The thieves cloned the key to steal it and then cloned the vehicle to help them make a quick sale.  It’s frightening just how quickly professional criminals operate, taking the steps needed to disguise and sell on stolen vehicles within a matter of hours.”

Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Group) continues:  “£12.5 million worth of stolen vehicles were recovered by TRACKER last year alone, but there remain a significant number of stolen cars circulating on the UK’s roads.  Although a good number of vehicles are stolen to order or shipped abroad, many are sold on to innocent car buyers.”

Fraudsters use car cloning to sell a stolen vehicle for a quick profit, so buyers should look out for a great looking car at a bargain price. Check the car’s market value and avoid anything that’s being offered for less than 70% of that price.  No legitimate seller will want to lose money on a sale.  Buyers should never pay cash only for a vehicle, particularly if they are paying more than £3000.  Most crooks would rather walk away from a sale than take a payment that can be traced back to them.

Andy Barrs concludes, “Whilst a tracking device won’t stop a car being stolen, it can significantly increase the chances of the police locating and returning it to its rightful owner.  Without any SVR protection, the probability of a stolen vehicle being offered for sale as a clone is greatly increased.”

TRACKER continues to work with police across the UK to close the net on thieves and reunite motorists with their stolen cars, regardless of how much they cost.  Its award winning stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.  Unlike other SVR devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container.

Source: Tracker Network

TRACKER helps police recover Range Rover within just 20 minutes of being stolen

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Police in Northumbria were able to recover a stolen Range Rover Sport HSE Luxury worth around £35,000 within just twenty minutes thanks to the help of TRACKER, the UK’s leading provider of stolen vehicle solutions (SVR). Once police were notified of the theft, TRACKER, part of the Tantalum Corporation, activated the device, leading them straight to the missing vehicle in record breaking time. The Range Rover was found with false plates attached in Durham where police were able to stop the thieves in their tracks.

Martin Collins, a builder from Sunderland, had a shock when he discovered that his Range Rover Sport had been stolen from outside his home in the early hours of the morning, along with his work van, a Transit Tipper. Thieves had broken into his house and taken both sets of keys and made away with the two vehicles. Not only this, but the work van contained all of Martin’s tools that he needed to run his business.

Fortunately, the Range Rover was fitted with a TRACKER unit, which was crucial in locating the stolen vehicle. Police were able to track down the thieves within twenty minutes of the burglary and return the vehicle to its rightful owner. Although the Transit Tipper was not fitted with a tracking device, police had the theft on file and a couple of days later noticed a driver acting suspiciously in the same area. After pulling the driver over they realised that the van was in fact the vehicle that belonged to Martin Collins.

Commenting on the successful recovery, Martin Collins says, “Without TRACKER I would have lost both my car and my van for good. Losing my car was one thing, as it had a number of my personal possessions inside, but losing the van as well would have been devastating for my business as a builder. Both the tools and the van would have been expensive to replace and there would have been a knock on effect on my future insurance premiums. The thefts overall would have had a significant impact financially. I was very impressed with the service that I received from TRACKER, and would now recommend it to anybody who owns a car. All my vehicles, especially my work vans, will be fitted with a tracking device from now on.”

Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Manager for TRACKER, adds, “Once again TRACKER’s unique relationship with the police has helped to close the net on criminals. This case in particular highlights the value of having a tracking device fitted to your vehicle, as not only does it mean that police have a chance of returning a stolen car, but it also means that other possessions, such as work tools and business reputation, can be protected. A TRACKER unit won’t stop your car being stolen, but it can significantly increase the chances of police finding it if thieves do take it.”

Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for almost 25 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery. TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.

Source: Tracker Network (UK) Ltd

TRACKER unveils the top ten regions where cars were most stolen and recovered in 2015

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The latest stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) figures for 2015 from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), reveal that London continues to top the list of regions where cars were most stolen and recovered.   Year-on-year TRACKER saw a 12% increase in the number of stolen vehicles recovered across the UK in 2015, equating to nearly £12.5 million worth of vehicles being returned to their owners.

Londoners love Land Rover.  Three Range Rover models dominated SVR figures within London – the Sport, Vogue and Autobiography – but they also appear in TRACKER’s ‘UK top 10 most stolen and recovered’ table demonstrating the popularity of the brand with thieves across the UK.  The highly desirable Range Rover Sport was the UK’s most stolen and recovered vehicle in 2015.

Greater Manchester held the second highest number of stolen and recovered cars in 2015 after the capital, knocking Essex off the number 2 spot that it held in 2014.   Models from the Mercedes-Benz range of vehicles were the most commonly stolen and recovered in Greater Manchester.  The Mercedes Benz C220 and the Mercedes Benz C63 both feature in the UK’s top 10 most stolen and recovered’ table.    The Mercedes Benz C63 climbs six places to number four, having entered the top 10 last year.

West Midlands retains 3rd position for the second year in a row, where BMWs were the most stolen and recovered.  The BMW X5 had held the number one most stolen and recovered spot across the UK for the last 6 years, until the Range Rover Sport knocked it off poll position.  The BMW 3 and 5 series make a re-appearance in the league table after a number of years’ absence, last listed in 2013 and 2009 respectively.

Regions in the south east of England dominated the list including Essex, Kent, Surrey and Hertfordshire, where BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover were favoured in equal measure by thieves.

West Yorkshire and Merseyside represent the north of England; Merseyside reappears in the league table for the first time in a couple of years where Audi was most recorded as stolen and recovered; The Audi Q7 also makes its first appearance in the nationwide league table, coming in 10th.   In joint tenth place for regional hot spots were Lancashire and Leicestershire; Leicestershire replaces Lanarkshire which disappears from the top ten list in 2015.

Comments Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER.  “Our analysis highlights some interesting consumer manufacturer preferences by region, as well as an overall shift in the most desirable makes and models that thieves are stealing to order, with 4x4s dominating our top ten.”

“However, whilst it’s common for car thieves to target premium marques, we should not underestimate the massive appetite for Ford, Vauxhall, and VW models which are stolen in even greater numbers, but which most owners do not protect by fit tracking devices.”  Concludes Andy Barrs;  “A Home Office Report published in January this year suggests that fitting a tracking device could be the best solution against criminals succeeding in selling on stolen vehicles.”

By using its unique VHF technology, TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) units can overcome potential theft recovery hurdles such as concealment in underground garages or shipping containers.  Crucially, the use of GPS/GSM technology also means it can beat signal jamming, a common tactic employed by professional criminals.

TRACKER’S TOP TEN MOST STOLEN AND RECOVERED

2014 2015
Top ten cars by make and model most frequently stolen and recovered
  1. BMW X5
  2. Mercedes C Class
  3. Range Rover Sport
  4. Mercedes Benz E Class
  5. Land Rover Discovery
  6. BMW M3
  7. Range Rover Vogue
  8. Audi RS4
  9. Mercedes Benz ML
  10. Mercedes Benz C63
  1. Range Rover Sport
  2. BMW X5
  3. Range Rover Vogue
  4. Mercedes Benz C220
  5. BMW 3 Series
  6. Mercedes Benz C63
  7. BMW 5 Series
  8. Audi RS4
  9. Range Rover Autobiography
  10. Audi Q7

TRACKER’S TOP TEN REGIONS WHERE CARS ARE STOLEN AND RECOVERED

2014 2015
1. Greater London and London
2. Essex
3. West Midlands
4 & 5. = Surrey/Greater Manchester
6. Kent
7 & 8. = West Yorkshire/Hertfordshire
9 & 10. = Lancashire/Lanarkshire
1. Greater London
2. Greater Manchester
3. West Midlands
4. Essex
5. Kent
6. Surrey
7. West Yorkshire
8. Hertfordshire
9. Merseyside
10. = Lancashire/Leicestershire
 Source: Tracker

 

TRACKER launches Tracker Connect new plug & play telematics device

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TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), continues to meet the demands of its customers, with the launch of TRACKER Connect, its plug and play telematics device from just £9.95 a month. The easy to self-install device, connects to the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic (OBD) port, eliminating installation costs. It provides fleet managers real-time driver and vehicle information, to improve fleet efficiency, saving time, fuel and money, whilst boosting customer satisfaction.  It also has the added benefit of TRACKER’s crash detection technology for instant and accurate accident reporting as well as the ability to read vehicle diagnostic direct from source.

Users can access driver and vehicle data quickly, at any time, in real time, via the secure TRACKER Connect website.  Drawing upon TRACKER’s award winning fleet telematics solutions, the website provides a reporting dashboard that can be customised to the specific needs of customers.   Customers can monitor driver behaviour, view maps and schedule detailed reports.  Driving style data helps firms reduce the risk of driver accidents and vehicle repair costs, as well as enhancing Duty of Care by encouraging safer driving.

The TRACKER Connect crash detection technology helps fleet managers save time and insurance costs with instant accident notification.   The technology’s intelligence can distinguish between bumps and kerbs and actual impacts, with reports provided on impacts via email and screen alerts.  These alerts enable fleet managers to quickly ascertain the safety of the driver and condition of the vehicle.

Should a vehicle develop a fault, data will be read via the TRACKER Connect device connected to the vehicle’s OBD and diagnostic information decoded and reported back to the website.   By acting quickly to critical or impending problems, users can reduce maintenance costs and help boost profits. In addition, automatic alerts mean fleet managers never miss a service or other key maintenance checks, helping their fleet run more efficiently for longer.

Trackers mesh network technology helps to recovery Mercedes

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TRACKER works alongside Manchester police to recover Mercedes worth £42,000

Date: 15 April 2015

TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), the leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) provider, recently played a key role in helping Manchester Police recover a stolen Mercedes A45 AMG. Valued at £42,000, the vehicle was reported missing by a neighbour, who saw the burglary take place at the owner’s house in Broadheath. Luckily, the car was fitted with a tracking device and the silent signal emitted led police to the stolen vehicle.

The Mercedes A45 AMG’s big price tag made it a key target for the thieves, who also stole a Rolex watch and other valuables when they broke into the owner’s home. Fortunately, once the tracking device on the vehicle was activated, police received a signal via TRACKER’s Mesh Network, and they were able to locate the vehicle whilst it was still on the move in Manchester.

The Mesh Network takes advantage of vehicles fitted with TRACKER SVR devices, which in essence ‘listen’ out for reported stolen vehicles that have a TRACKER device fitted. This brings drivers together to create a UK wide network of ‘listening vehicles’ which can help pinpoint the location of a stolen vehicle fitted with TRACKER.  Both drivers are totally unaware that the stolen vehicle has been identified by TRACKER’s Mesh Network.

“Our close working relationship with the UK police forces means we are able to close the net on thieves who target high value vehicles,” explains Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Manager for TRACKER. “Our unique combination of GSM, VHF and GPS technology means we can help police locate vehicles, even if they are hidden underground, in a garage or a shipping container.

“Although a tracking device won’t stop a car being stolen, it does increase the chances of police recovering and returning the vehicle to its owner. With thieves targeting high value vehicles, by getting around in-built security systems and finding new ways to hide them, TRACKER’s technology offers car owners a greater level of protection than any of its competitors and helps police tackle car theft head on.”

Mark Diamond, Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit at Greater Manchester Police, adds, “Luckily for the owner of this Mercedes the vehicle had a tracking device fitted, as many owners may not realise the importance of having one installed. This was crucial in helping us locate and recover the vehicle. We’ve seen an increase in the number of high value cars being stolen, as criminals find clever ways to hide them. However, TRACKER’s technology helps officers on the ground launch a quick response to a signal, helping us locate vehicles and make arrests.”

Source: Tracker

Tracker announce successful test results of latest crash detection technology

trackerVehicle telematics experts TRACKER is continuing its commitment to pioneering driver behaviour monitoring for the insurance sector by announcing the successful testing of its new ‘Crash Detection’ technology using the MIRA facilities.  This latest innovation will enable TRACKER’s telematics unit to alert insurers of low speed collisions within 30 seconds of an incident happening – and provide insurers with a First Notification of Loss (FNOL) on smaller crashes which may have otherwise gone undisclosed to the insurer.

Mark Thomson, Director of Insurance at TRACKER, comments, “The successful TRACKER validation of our Crash Detection technology is a truly exciting development for the insurance market.  Traditionally many telematics providers have claimed to be able to offer accurate small collision detection, but the reality is until now no one has actually proved that their technology is robust enough to deliver.  We are confident we can alert insurers when a small crash has occurred to allow for immediate investigation, and if necessary to make earlier contact with anybody potentially injured.  The fact that we’ve thoroughly tested our technology will mean insurers can handle with confidence any concerns about the validity of a claim arising from such a low impact crash.”

TRACKER’s already advanced telematics technology reports driver behaviour data back to TRACKER every second, including speed, braking and cornering.  Now, with Crash Detection, if there is a low-speed impact of 3-5mph, the technology will calibrate this with the other data within TRACKER to ascertain if a low-impact crash has occurred. If this is the case, TRACKER will inform the insurer within 30 seconds, enabling them to investigate the incident further and implement the claims process where appropriate, as well as allow them to more accurately evaluate a customer’s risk when underwriting renewals.

Thomson concludes, “We conducted all manner of tests on vehicles, fitting a number of units on different areas of a vehicle, as well as testing for different types of crash, such as head-on, rear, sideways and into walls. Each time the product worked perfectly, giving us total confidence to present the service to insurers.

“Up until now, telematics in the insurance industry has all been about helping the insurer make a judgement on a driver’s ability, now, with this new product, we are enabling insurers to uncover a whole new level of information. This not just a gimmick, but something that can actually advance the way in which telematics supports insurers throughout the claims and underwriting process.

“And this is just the beginning. We are committed to constantly improving the product to provide even more accurate driver behaviour data and, ultimately, streamline the claims process for both insurers and their customers.”

Source: Tracker Network (UK) Ltd