Tracker that works for £50

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  1. buttons

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    Does anyone know anything about it. At £150 (+£50 for installation kit) it seems to be a lot cheaper than the alternatives and there is no ongoing fee apart from 10p every time it accesses a phone network.
    I understand they are on ebay for £50.:thumb:

    http://www.snooperuk.com/products/snooper_tracker/index.html
     
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    Just 10 years ago, a personal tracking system cost around £5k, the on costs to access the tracking data were crippling as well. GPS had made these prices tumble, you can get one from Maplins for £50. Someone more clever than me could easily rig up a permanent feed and you have vehicle tracking on the very cheap.

    I could do with strapping one of these locators to my car keys:Smile:
     
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    just an alternative view.... the money you maybe wouldnt save on your insurance for a non approved unit would probably pay the difference between that and an insurance approved one, over a year or two

    Personally I've got one from 'Outsmart the Thief' and its brilliant, I get a phone call within 10 to 20 secs of my hamfisted accidental activations, its a top piece of kit and worth the money, but I can see the advantages of a cheaper alternative.

    Ours 'reports in' several times a day to show its working, just wondered how you check a non monitored one is actually doing its thing without keep setting it off to see.
     
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    Amazing aint it, I have said before that my son in Chicago phones me on Skype and tells me where I am located in the UK within a couple of metres using Google Latitude. It is handy as I don’t often know where I am myself.:Smile:
    I am going to Maplin today for a Fire wire card, I will have a look at the tracker.:thumb:
     
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    Good point.. but as an instance, given the expensive ones seem to cost about £400 or so, it would take me almost 40 years to get the money back ( fully comp this year was £115.00 )

    The way to check if an unmonitored one is working is simply activate it .. Cost 10p but still a bit of a bargain :thumb:
     
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    It's got all the essentials but I cannot work out if it has an alarm input so you could trigger it off the van alarm. A few minutes on the bench could fit a relay across the call button.

    That fitting kit looks optional, most of us have spare 5V USB supplies and sited properly, say in a plastic roof vent it may well work without and external aerial.
     
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    My thoughts exactly hilldweller. All great minds think alike.:Cool:
     
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    Fools seldom differ :RollEyes:

    If you want to try it, a very small 12V reed relay fitted close to the button would probably work if the coil was well suppressed. Since the button will probably be a rubber switch it might take some skill to solder to the tracks.

    If they are on ebay for £50 well worth a punt.

    Plan B - crude - a 12V solenoid or an RC model servo to do it mechanically.
     
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    This idea is not for insurance premium purposes.

    Been told you can use a mobile phone in some way as a tracking device. #
    Hide in van - if stolen you can track and trace.

    Anyone know who how what etc
     
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    Google: Mobile phone tracking This looks a possible: http://www.traceamobile.co.uk/
     
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    Tracker that woks for £50

    Someone I met camping yesterday mentioned that. The phone ahs to be switched on, so [perhaps permantly wired in so it does no go flat.
    But i'm not sure how they track its wherabouts.

    was this idea suggested on TV a while ago to keep an eye on where your childen were?

    S.
     
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