06-11-2012, 01:14 PM
| | Re: GPS Anti-theft device...
On 11/06/2012 13:02, Jake wrote:
> Had a motorbike stolen about eight or nine months ago, only had third party
> coverage on it, had just about written it off when I got a phone call from
> the police saying they had found it, quite by accident when they were
> raiding the guy's property on an unrelated matter - plates had been changed
> for an identical model, but there was other info that the police matched it
> to me. Officer dealing with the thing said they were very lucky to find it,
> the only bikes they generally find very quickly have some sort of tracker,
> so decided to look into it
> From reading about these devices, and GSM and GPS, I guess the whole gist of
> the thing is you send a mobile call to the device and it responds with a
> text with the GPS coordinates which enables you to find the location.
> Was looking on eBay to see if I could get something I could use, but there
> seems to be such a variety of products on offer.
> Anyone here got any recommendations for something like this? Ideally
> something I can hide that attaches magnetically to the bike and will give me
> at least a week between charges, I don't want to have to keep charging it
> every couple of days.
> The bike was found stored in a garage, so I guess GPS can't get in there,
> some facility for sending last recorded position would be better.
There seem to be basically two types of tracking devices. As you
suggest, ones that transmit their position from GPS over a mobile phone
type data system.
The others site passively until activated by a sort of pager signal sent
out when you report it missing. This then shows up on a screen of
suitable equipped police vehicles and indicates the direction for them
The tracking ones can have the advantage of showing where the vehicle
has been so even if dumped it might show where it has been stored or