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Land Rover Defender thefts up 75%

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Shocking new statistics from NFU Mutual, reveal that thefts of Land Rover Defenders have increased by a staggering 75%, as gangs of thieves target rural areas to swipe vehicles.  The Defender ceased production in January, which has led to a significant rise in demand for the car and its parts.  Backing NFU Mutual’s campaign to warn Land Rover owners to be vigilant, TRACKER, the UK’s leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) provider, adds that many of these stolen vehicles are being shipped overseas, and urges owners to fit a tracking device before they disappear for good, as recommended by NFU Mutual.

Police forces across the UK are reporting a rise in thefts, with many fearing that criminal gangs with links to the US and Eastern Europe are targeting owners.   Land Rover Defender owners are being advised to improve their security by investing several layers of protection, including trackers, alarms and steering-wheel locks.  NFU Mutual is also advising owners to mark components with paint and to keep vehicles locked up or parked in well-lit areas.  Following this advice will substantially increase the chances of these classic 4x4s being located and recovered.

Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Manager for TRACKER, part of the Tantalum Corporation, says, “Criminal gangs often target particular vehicles when demand increases and the Land Rover Defender is a popular vehicle all around the globe. Not surprisingly, since they’ve been discontinued, the Defender has risen to the top of the car thief’s hit list, with the northeast, southwest and the midlands reported to be where the highest number of insurance claims are being made.

“Owners of Defenders tend to live in rural areas, so well-lit parking isn’t always possible, making it vital that people ensure they take ample security measures.   A tracking device won’t stop a car being stolen, but it can significantly increase the chance of police locating and returning a vehicle to its owners. Without a TRACKER fitted, Land Rover Defenders can be hidden in containers without detection and shipped abroad by organised criminal gangs who will make a tidy profit.  Don’t make it easy for thieves, fit a TRACKER device to help police close the net on the criminals.”

TRACKER’s SVR systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle, and there is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.

Unlike any other provider of SVR devices, some TRACKER products combines GSM, GPS and VHF technology, and its use of VHF technology makes it resilient to ‘jamming’, creating the most robust SVR device available.   Jamming devices, readily available on the internet, are increasingly being used by car thieves to disrupt GPS signals so that the police are unable to track and locate stolen vehicles fitted with SVR devises that rely on GPS alone.
Adrian Davenport concludes:  “We strongly advise Land Rover Defender owners to choose a system that provides a more resilient solution and, better still, one that delivers multiple means of location and communication. TRACKER’s SVR systems use unique VHF technology, offering motorists effective safeguards against theft, even if the GPS does fail.”

Source: Tracker/NFU Mutual

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


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.


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


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 urges car owners not to compromise on security protection

BBC Watchdog (30th October 2014) has yet again put the spotlight on the shocking risk of keyless car theft, as technology widely available on the internet is being taken advantage of by criminals to reprogramme keys of luxury cars within just minutes.

Whilst manufacturers and the motor industry are urgently working together to address the problem, an immediate layer of protection recommended by the SMMT* and the BBC is to invest in a stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) device. However, warns leading SVR expert TRACKER, car owners should be sure to invest in a tracking device that can’t also be beaten by technology – known as jammers – which are also easily available on the internet.Andy Barrs, police liaison officer for TRACKER says:  “The cars most commonly stolen and recovered by TRACKER were all featured in the Watchdog report. But as news spreads of the ease of which reprogramming devices can be bought online, so does the risk of theft of any car reliant upon keyless technology.  It’s not just luxury car owners who should be on their guard.

“Whilst having a tracking device won’t stop your car from being stolen, it will increase the chances of your car being located and recovered by as much as 95%.    However, it is crucial that people recognise that not all tracking devices are the same.   The most successful are those that don’t rely on GPS alone, as these are vulnerable to ‘jamming’ which uses technology designed to block the devices meant to track stolen cars.”

Unlike any other SVR provider, TRACKER combines VHF, GSM and GPS** technology to accurately pinpoint where a stolen vehicle is located.  This combination of technology makes it the most robust tracking device available today – and importantly – immune to GPS and GSM jammers.

“It is not illegal to import, sell, buy or possess systems such as key reprogrammers or jammers, both of which can be used to bypass technology installed in most modern cars,” continues Andy Barrs.  “We strongly advise consumers to choose a system that provides  the most resilient SVR solution which uses unique VHF technology, offering motorists effective safeguards against theft, even if the GPS does fail as a result of jamming .”

TRACKER is the only SVR solution to be used by all of the UK’s police forces which is why installing one of its units can significantly increase the chance of police locating and returning a stolen vehicle.  TRACKER’s 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. Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage, container or underground car park.

Top Cars Most Commonly Stolen & Recovered By TRACKER
1.  BMW X5
2.  BMW M3
3.  Mercedes C Class
4.  Audi S4
5.  BMW M5
6.  BMW 3 Series
7.  Range Rover Sport
8.  Range Rover Vogue, Audi S3
9.  Mercedes E Class, BMW 5 Series, Porsche 911

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