Why do you need insurance approved trackers?
Thieves up their game every year to keep up with the latest advancements. Now, the targets are keyless or connected vehicles. In this case, they use a relay attack. While two criminals need to work together, this new theft method is effective at duplicating the key fob’s signal at up to 100 meters away. And, since they know many cars have insurance approved trackers, they abandon them a few miles away to see if someone comes to collect them. If not, they are confident there are no insurance approved trackers in that car and they will return to complete the theft. This can impact any car which starts without a key in the ignition. Popular targets are BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi, but you may want insurance approved trackers if your car has an infotainment system or keyless entry and these are high-risk features.
What does “Thatcham Approved” mean?
Thatcham is the common name given to the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre (M.I.R.R.C). In the 1960s, insurance conglomerates set up this non-profit organisation, to define and test aftermarket vehicle security units. That means that all insurance approved trackers have gone through a rigorous testing process at the M.I.R.R.C to become “Thatcham Approved”. During this testing, the organisation is looking for car trackers that instantly alert the owner of a theft action. And they require GPS tracking which is robust and tamper-proof. This allows vehicles fitted with insurance approved trackers to be quickly recovered and assessed. The reason why car trackers are now a standard for high-value vehicles is that they are so effective at preventing asset loss. You could have insurance approved trackers fitted on your fleet or car within days and gain that peace of mind which comes from the enhanced security. These trackers are monitored 24/7 from an independent control point for real-time alerts and location information access which can also include velocity and direction. In the event your vehicle is stolen, recover it quickly via your insurance approved tracker.