Self Monitored GPS Tracker ?

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  1. Robert Clark

    Robert Clark Funster Life Member

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    Hi Guys

    I had a 'Tracker' on my old van, it came fitted as standard.
    The annual monitoring cost was about £200 if memory serves me right

    My new van doesn't have one, and my insurance company (NFU) doesn't insist on one.

    I'm wondering if its worth getting a cheap, self monitored GPS tracker like this one


    I was wondering if anyone has used one, or has any suggestions regarding tracking devices

    Don't really want to spend £200 a year on a 'Tracker'

    Thanks in advance!

    Robert
     
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    Although an initial outlay is required, I have just bought a SmarTrack Protector Pro from Tracker Fit for a reduced £185 with £399 for the life you own that vehicle. I doesnt mean life as in 5 years as some do, it is for the life you own that vehicle. If you swop it to another vehicle you can, but will need to re-register.
    Obviously far more than self monitoring, but another option.
     
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    No experience Robert, but my concern would be what would you do if it was stolen? would the police take your word for the information and pursue it, I seem to think they are still only set up for Tracker, wouldn't fancy a private pursuit, or even venturing into the area where you think it is on your own (y)
     
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    There are plenty of self fit GPS trackers available and I really do see the benefits of having a tracker on board. When I had my Vanbitz alarm fitted, I had them fit the Non-Starter option, which essentially stops someone stealing your van even if they have your keys. However the Non Starter is a tracker as well, so if it moves, or is placed on a low loader, the Non starter will track it on a live google map and let you listen in if you like. I did a review of the Non Starter here >http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/portal/non-starter/
     
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    That's the exact one I have fitted in Harriet Robert, been in there for over a year now, still working fine.

    Stuck a giffgaff sim with a tenner on it and haven't had to top up yet, call it at least once a week to check it's working, it has always pinpointed the van, never more than 30 feet out.

    If you wire it through the relay you can send a KILL command to the fuel pump, shuts it off as soon as the speed drops below 15kph.

    I believe it can also be connected to your doors and lights, etc.

    Our kids all have the number, as non administrators, and can. Call her anytime and get a fix on where we are if we go silent, as you do occasionally, up to 4 extra numbers I believe.

    Good value.

    Vic
     
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    If you are a DIY'er then this one may be of interest.

    I have bought one but haven't got round to fitting it yet. Not sure of it's quality or effectiveness yet so can't fully recommend it.

    Please note the reviews on Amazon cover a variety of devices...
     
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    I think a tracker of some sort is always a good idea and at that price it seems good value and alot better than no tracker. Having a fully integrated Alarm/Tracker with Lockdown and Remote functions would obviously be better but then it costs alot more than 22 pounds plus a 10 pound sim. I did try/play with the small TK102 model it worked, but not ideal as was not hardwired in and the battery life was rubbish. This looks a much more comprehensive product, if you can wire it up, you don't have the backup of a tracking company but at least you may be able to immobilise and find the van, without it your worse off.
     
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    We bought some for under a fiver each. Ten quid on a SIM card and you are sorted, and after checking with a phone call now and then, still going strong. I am sure if you reported it stolen to the police they would welcome such information you could supply as to its present where abouts. Main problem with them is though, they only work where there is a good phone signal, and I am sure the clever thieves know where these bad areas are, or know how to block a phone signal. Plus once the battery on the vehicle is disconnected, the device stops working. I still think it gives you a chance to locate the vehicle to a fair degree, even though I have just told any would be thieves how to get away with my cherished vehicles.
     
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    Thanks Jim - isn't it possible for thieves to simply locate and bypass the Non-Starter device?
     
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    There's nothing visible for them to know it's even there. All they will know is that the van won't start.

    Even if they did know or suspect it's located somewhere different on each vehicle. I don't even know where they've put the one on my van.
    How many thieves are going to strip the dash right out on a vehicle they can't start on the off chance that there might be a device hidden somewhere?
     
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    If it's the same one that I had from tracker fit they will only swap to another vehicle within the first twelve months
     
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    I also had Vanbitz Non Starter Tracker coupled with the Growler, if a thief could stand that row whilst he searches for the tracker he deserves the bloody van..... it really is a nice bit of kit.

    I had the insurance companies dictate that every van over £60k has to have a Thacham cat# whatever which would have meant £190 per year for me to insure the Insurance company against the loss, well that kinda defeats the object I think.
     
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    @maxsdad . Thanks for the info. If that is the case it is not very well advertised. :cautious: Hopefully this one will be our forever MH . 4 weeks to go :clap:
     
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    Lots of small haulage companies track their own vehicles and pass that info on to police if the trucks are stolen. If you called the police and told them where your stolen vehicle was they would absolutely act on that info.
    As for big set up for tracker... tracker systems pay the cost of installing their equipment in police cars. Not many police cars have it and before the npas existed the mets helicopters wernt fitted with the equipment.
    A self tracking system has to be better than nothing.


    Nothing beats good physical security and good key security though IMHO.
     
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    Thanks for that
    How would you describe good key security?
     
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    I always dismissed diy trackers as useless.....no call centre so no police involvement.

    I now have a TK102 hardwired.
    Even if the police wont become involved it takes seconds to get a live location and with the 102 it can be tracked live....well every minute or so.
    Wont be much use if the van is on a Itinerant encampment though....would you venture on and demand it back ?
     
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    :rolleyes:
    Yes it's pretty well hidden in the small print can't check because all the paperwork went with the van when we sold it last week , now van less until January, going to go for a good alarm on the new one and had been thinking of one of these self monitoring trackers as well, sick of paying for the life time and then selling after two or three years but hopefully we will keep this one for ever
     
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    We have Pinpointpal tracker & works well for us as a budget option.
     
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    No I wouldn't - but Mrs C is a tiger !
     
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    Key security is essential. Most modern cars and vans are stolen with keys. At home a key safe or a place that's not obvious would be the place.
    It's a matter simply of not being predictable.
    The amount of cars and vans stolen with keys kept on a key rack in the hall or by the front or back door is staggering.
     
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