GPS and Telematic Technology: The Next Evolution in Theft Protection

When it comes to protecting building equipment and trucks, there are two primary approaches: prevention and retrieval. The former is the favorable strategy because it considerably reduces potential damage to the advantage in addition to eliminates the time and effort necessary to chase it down after gone. Too often and Regrettably, contractors wait prior to starting to consider implementing a theft protection strategy until something is stolen. The goal of the article is to teach the benefits of strength monitoring for theft security and how it functions and to show that when it comes to theft, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

With business deficits exceeding $1 billion annually from the United States, equipment owners are turning to technology to curtail this fast-growing epidemic. GPS monitoring, 1 component of the broader technology called”telemetry”, is rapidly becoming the advanced way of choice. Many equipment owners are already aware of and assessing systems that are telemetry on the merits of the productivity-enhancing, support management, and capabilities. The technology has been around longer for trucks, yielding benefits like gas savings driver accountability and vehicle life. The added bonus is that the theft protection component, which any fleet manager that is informed should include in their assessment of this technology.

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

1. Simple accessibility – Because the equipment is keyed, a single key starts any device. Unfortunately, these keys can be got by any thief in the world 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, all of the crooks have to do is hop in and drive off. Though chain link fences once were a deterrent, thieves simply jump over them, drive the machine through them and load the stolen equipment from the road. The ordinary construction equipment theft requires approximately twenty minutes.

For trucks, the theft happens in a matter of minutes using a fast break in and hotwire. Vehicle theft is often more brazen: we’ve customer stories (prior to installing a tracking 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 heat up.

2. Delay in Discovery – Equipment can sit without anyone touching it, but presumed to be in the exact same place. Thieves will routinely steal or over a weekend, realizing that nobody will be back to the job site until Monday morning and are smart. This gives them several days head start prior to the theft is discovered.

Since trucks are an essential part of transportation, their theft typically comes to light within a couple of hours of their disappearance.

3. Difficulty in Retrieval – Stolen equipment is transferred from the country or resold on the market block to an unsuspecting purchaser retained whole for the part. Organized crime rings are getting to be much worse, and the major players, a number of theft organizations bill the recovery rate for equipment in a mere 20%.

A burglar’s modus operandi with trucks, notably service trucks, is to loot the vehicle for tools and parts. Trucks have a higher healing rate but are usually found abandoned, and stripped of everything valuable. We have seen stolen trucks used to commit different crimes, as escape cars or transporting contraband.

The crooks can easily get to your resources, begin them just as readily and find a significant head start. The deck is stacked in the thieves’ prefer, but you have an opportunity to swing back the advantage to an own side — asset tracking. oceanographic instruments

Locking down it

Prevention is the preferred way of protecting against theft. Besides reducing potential damage and avoiding spending hours coordinating a recovery attempt, prevention methods keep the thieves from transferring your resources at times. To execute a preventive approach, the specific aspects of GPS monitoring technology get involved.

Since equipment theft typically occurs after hours or on weekends when witnesses are less likely, a GPS unit will set up a curfew on your own equipment at that moment. What that means is that the device will call your mobile phone, pager, PDA or drop you an email if someone attempts to start the machine or moves it. The system may even go as far as to disable the equipment from running at the time. It’s all centered around your program of performance, and if you require the machine through those off hours only log in to the software lift the curfew.

Let us say you routinely want your machinery available to run from 7 a.m. to 7 Monday through Saturday, with Sunday off. At all day Sunday and 7 PM every night your machines will disable themselves and call you if someone touches the crucial switch or handles to move the equipment. At 7%, everything goes back to normal and nobody is the wiser. If you need that piece to run until 10 PM, only login online and 30 seconds later your machine is permitted to run. Conversely, if you know an advantage goes missing or will sit for a longer period, then log in and place the curfew to disable instantly and stay disabled until you tell it differently. From some other Internet-connected computer or PDA anywhere in the world, you are in control to close down your assets. This powerful feature is particularly useful over the long holiday weekends, when assets are sitting and thieves are on the prowl.