TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), a 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 in Manchester, UK.
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. However, the car was fitted with a tracking device and the silent signal emitted led police to the stolen vehicle.
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, added:, “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.”