GPS and Telematic Technology: The Next Evolution in Theft Protection

When it comes to protecting valuable construction equipment and trucks, there are two approaches: prevention and retrieval. The prior is the strategy since it considerably reduces possible damage in addition to eliminates the time and effort necessary to chase it gone. Often and unfortunately, contractors wait prior to starting to consider implementing a theft security plan till something is stolen. The goal of the article is both to teach the benefits of strength monitoring for theft security and the way it works and to show that when it comes to theft, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

With business losses exceeding $1 billion annually from the United States, equipment owners are turning to technology to curtail this fast-growing epidemic. GPS tracking, one element of the wider technology called”telemetry”, is quickly becoming the advanced solution of choice. Many equipment owners are already aware of and evaluating systems on the merits of service management, the productivity-enhancing, and capabilities. The technology has been around even longer for trucks, yielding benefits such as fuel savings, increased driver accountability and extended vehicle life. The additional bonus is the theft protection element, which any fleet supervisor must include in their assessment of this technology.

To understand how to combat theft with GPS and asset monitoring, we must explore why it is so easy to slip trucks and equipment by comparing and contrasting them:

1. Simple accessibility – Since equipment is keyed, a key begins any device. Unfortunately, any thief in the world can get these keys at a dealership or even more easy, online. Since the equipment is sitting on the side of the street or behind a chain-link fence the crooks have to do is hop in and push. Though chain link fences were a deterrent, thieves today simply jump over them, drive the machine and load the stolen equipment from the street. Construction equipment theft requires about twenty minutes. telemetry equipment

For trucks, the theft occurs in a matter of minutes with a quick break in and hotwire. Vehicle theft is frequently more brazen: we’ve client stories (before installing a monitoring solution) of trucks being stolen out of a diner parking lot while the driver was inside eating and in other instances even while the trucks idled unattended in the morning to warm up.

2. In Discovery – Equipment can sit without anybody touching it, but presumed to be in the exact same location. Thieves will slip or over a weekend, realizing that nobody will be back to the job site until Monday morning and are smart. This gives them days head start before the theft is discovered. Oceanographic Instruments And Tools | Telematics Products | Xeostech

Since trucks are an integral part of transport, their theft typically comes to light within a few hours of the disappearance.

3. Difficulty in Retrieval – Stolen equipment is readily moved from the country or resold to an unsuspecting buyer, yet retained whole for the part. Organized crime rings are becoming much worse, and the major players, a number of thieving organizations bill the recovery rate for stolen equipment at a mere 20%.

A thief’s modus operandi with trucks, especially service trucks, would be to loot the vehicle for parts and tools. Trucks have a higher recovery rate but are usually found abandoned, and stripped of everything. We have even seen stolen trucks used simply to commit different offenses, as cars or transporting contraband.

The crooks can quickly get to your resources, begin them just as easily and get a significant head start. The deck is clearly stacked in the burglars’ favor, but now you have a chance to swing back the benefit to your side — asset tracking.

Locking down it

Prevention is your preferred way of protecting against theft. In addition to reducing possible damage to your advantage and avoiding spending hours organizing a restoration attempt, prevention methods keep the burglars from moving your resources at times that are unauthorized. To implement a preventive approach, the facets of this GPS tracking technology come into play.

Since equipment theft typically happens after hours or on weekends when witnesses are less likely, a GPS unit will set up a curfew in your equipment at that moment. What that means is that the unit will call your cell phone, pager, PDA or drop you an email if someone tries to begin the device or moves it. The machine can also go as far as to disable the equipment out of running at the time. It is all centered around your schedule of performance, and in the event that you ever require the machine during those off hours only log in to the software and remotely lift the curfew.

Let’s say you routinely want your machinery available to run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with Sunday off. At all day Sunday and 7 PM each evening your machinery will disable themselves and call you if someone touches the switch or manages to maneuver the equipment. At 7%, everything goes back to normal and no one is the wiser. If you need that piece to operate until 10 PM login online and 30 seconds later your machine is enabled to run. If you understand an advantage goes missing or will sit for a period that is longer, then log in and set the curfew to disable and remain disabled until you tell it. From any Internet-connected computer or PDA anywhere in the world, you are in control to shut down your assets at any moment. This powerful feature is particularly useful within the long holiday weekends when assets are currently sitting and thieves are on the prowl.