- Car Transport
One thing’s for sure, the more technology develops, the more savvy the crooks become. The latest problem, industry wide apparently, is how thieves get round the issue of keyless ignition devices. Thought to be at the height of secure sophistication, the Guardian recently reported that Range Rover users are having trouble getting insurance unless they have some form of secure parking available.
Insurers are looking for additional security measures for a range of vehicles that use keyless locking including BMWs and Range Rovers. These measures include a tracking system that means if the vehicle is stolen it can be found. The stats are staggering – in London alone 300 Range Rovers were stolen in the first six months of this year and police believe it’s well-organised criminal gangs that are at the heart of the problem.
The problem is that the technology used by the criminals is the same tech that is needed by garages and workshops to undertake routine maintenance. Whilst Jaguar Land Rover are, reputedly, working with insurers and police to make their cars are more secure, in the meantime owners may have to fork out for tracking devices to ensure they get insurance.
The issue with simple GPS/GSM tracking systems is that they can be blocked by the crooks, so insurers generally ask for what is called a category 5 tracking system which is thought to be ideal for high performance, high cost vehicles and incorporates technology such as automatic driver recognition. The latest line of systems also allow you to connect to your smartphone which means you can keep tabs on your beloved car where ever you are.
Quick Tips on Keeping Your Car Safe
Whilst being covered by insurance will see your money recouped and car replaced, it doesn’t take away from the real inconvenience when it happens. Here are our simple tips for any car owner to cut down the chances of being the victim of thieves: