Cross-Border Stolen Vehicle Tracking: How to Keep Your Vehicle Safe
In a world that is more interconnected than ever, the issue of cross-border hijackings has emerged as a significant worry for both vehicle and fleet owners.
In this blog, we delve into how technology advancements such as GPS tracking devicescan help combat this problem.
In this article, you will:
Understand why vehicle protection is a must
Unpack ways to protect your car from hijackings
Unlock the top 5 benefits of stolen vehicle recovery
Find out which company has the highest stolen vehicle recovery rate in South Africa
Cross-border vehicle theft rises: Why you need to protect your car?
Cross-border vehicle theft — Cross-border vehicle theft is a significant problem in Singapore, with an estimated 1 in 3 stolen vehicles being exported to neighboring countries. This is a major concern for individuals, businesses, and fleet industries alike.
In 2022, there were 85 cases of vehicle theft reported in Singapore. This means that an average of one vehicle is stolen every four days. Of these cases, an estimated 29 vehicles were exported to neighboring countries.
The most common targets for cross-border vehicle theft in Singapore are luxury cars and SUVs. These vehicles are often targeted because they are easy to resell and can fetch a high price on the black market.
There are a number of factors that contribute to cross-border vehicle theft in Singapore. One factor is the country's proximity to other countries with less stringent vehicle registration and licensing requirements. Another factor is the high demand for luxury vehicles in neighboring countries.
Safety measures to minimise the risk of being hijacked:
Beware of your surroundings when parking your vehicle
Keep alert when entering your vehicle
Be cautious while on the road
Check you are not being followed
If being followed home, do not wait in your driveway
Check the street when approaching your home
Be vigilant when entering your driveway
While all these practical measures can be effective, technology offers the highest level of safety for your vehicle, even in the unfortunate event of a hijacking. Installing a GPS tracking device in your vehicle offers you comprehensive protection whether you are driving or parked. This Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device does this by integrating with the GPS satellite network to determine the exact location of your vehicle anytime, anywhere for personal vehicle security, fleet management or even asset tracking.
Here are 5 basic components of a GPS tracking device that will help make the likelihood of recovering your vehicle much greater, domestically and across the border:
GPS receivers: This component picks up signals from many GPS satellites to provide an accurate 4-metre location of your car, helping you accurately pinpoint the location of your car at any given time, even if it crosses the border.
Satellite or cellular communication: Many GPS tracking devices are equipped with cellular or satellite communication. This allows the tracking device to ‘communicate’ with you via an app on your smartphone, or software platform. This way, you get the real-time location of your vehicle(s) and are notified when your vehicle has been moved without your authorization.
Backup Battery: GPS trackers can be powered by internal batteries, a vehicle's power system, or other power sources. A back-up battery can be added to keep your tracking device operational, sending location data, even if your vehicle’s main power source is disconnected.
International Coverage: A global fleet management solution can offer cross-border GPS tracking with a wide-ranging coverage including support for multiple countries and global positioning, to track your car's location accurately, regardless of its location.
Geofencing: Vehicle tracking companies provide this type of feature. It allows you to create virtual boundaries on a map to receive notifications when your vehicle crosses these boundaries. This is also a handy way to be alerted if your vehicle enters or exits borders, hijacking hotspots or dangerous areas so you can react early on.
Thanks to these components, GPS tracking can provide you with an extra layer of protection. However, what if your vehicle is stolen even after all this effort? That’s where stolen vehicle recovery comes into play.
Stolen vehicle recovery: Top 4 benefits of SVR
The most effective way to get your vehicle back before it’s taken across the border, cloned, or stripped for parts, is by signing up for stolen vehicle recovery services with a reputable provider like Cartrack Singapore.
This concept of stolen vehicle recovery (also known as SVR) involves utilising the installed GPS tracking device in your vehicle to promptly alert and dispatch a recovery team in the unfortunate event of theft, thereby significantly increasing the chances of retrieving your stolen car.
Here are the top 4 benefits of stolen vehicle recovery:
Quick recovery: In the unfortunate event that your vehicle is stolen, the tracking technology enables a swift response by sending real-time alerts to a recovery team. This increases the chances of recovering your vehicle before significant damage occurs or it is taken across the border and out of reach.
Peace of mind: Stolen vehicle recovery services give you an additional layer of protection. Whether at home, work, or travelling, you can be confident about your vehicle's security, knowing that your vehicle is equipped with GPS tracking technology that can deter potential hijackers and vehicle recovery services that can minimise the likelihood of theft.
24/7/365 vehicle tracking: Stolen vehicle recovery services offer round-the-clock vehicle monitoring. This means your vehicle is being watched even when you're not actively checking its location, ensuring a more proactive approach to react fast in case of suspicious activity and minimise loss.
Real-time alerts: You can receive alerts straight on your phone when any unusual movement or tampering of your vehicle is detected. This allows you to act promptly and inform the authorities if needed.
Now that we have an understanding of stolen vehicle recovery, the real question is which stolen vehicle recovery and GPS tracking provider to go for. I always say, nothing less than the best.
Cartrack has the highest stolen vehicle recovery rate in South Africa:
Our SVR aims to provide you with comprehensive protection for your vehicles with our cutting-edge features:
Advanced vehicle tracking device fitment
We schedule a free vehicle tracking fitment. Cartrack’s advanced fitment techniques provide high confidence that hijackers will find it difficult to discover or deactivate your vehicle’s tracking device. This sophisticated installation allows us to achieve our industry-leading stolen vehicle recovery rate.
The Cartrack tracking unit features international roaming, allowing tracking both locally and abroad. In areas with no GPRS/GSM coverage, the device can store up to 5000 positions and events, such as ignition changes, every 3 km of travel, or deviations of 10 degrees or more. These data points are transmitted once GPRS/GSM communication is re-established.
CarWatch is an early warning system you activate at the touch of a button from Cartrack’s app. It will alert you and Cartrack in advance the moment your parked vehicle is moved without your authorisation. This allows Cartrack to proactively send a response team to your vehicle and increase the chances of recovery. Additionally, our Cartrack control room agents will promptly contact you to check in and provide assistance in case of a hijacking.
A reliable vehicle tracking device with a long-lasting battery increases the likelihood of recovering your vehicle. Cartrack's internal backup battery comes into play when the vehicle's battery is disconnected or fully discharged, providing up to an extra 4 to 5 hours of power. This gives us ample time to track and recover your vehicle.
Cartrack empowers you to establish geofences, including border entry and exit points. These virtual boundaries can be customised to designate no-go or high-risk zones, and you'll receive instant alerts as soon as your vehicle enters or exits these geofenced areas.
24/7/365 control room support Our emergency control response team is ready to support you 24/7/365, especially in the unfortunate event of vehicle theft or hijacking. We also allow direct communication with the private response teams and local police to ensure a rapid response.
Air and ground recovery teams
Cartrack maintains a skilled air and ground recovery response network in South Africa and neighbouring regions, collaborating closely with local law enforcement to ensure swift and successful vehicle recoveries in case of theft.
SVR: Recent successful stolen vehicle recoveries
Cartrack’s reputation is built on delivering results. Our skilled recovery team intercepted the stolen vehicle along the Mozambique border, expertly uncovering the attempted disguise on the stolen bakkie which was camouflaged and packed under heaps of straw, in the hope it would go undetected (watch here). Additionally, in July 2023 alone, we achieved outstanding results, recovering vehicles, collaborating with law enforcement, and leading to the arrest of 67 suspects linked to vehicle theft, we also seized 8 firearms and confiscated 15 signal jammers.
Protect your vehicle locally and beyond borders with Cartrack
With the highest audited recovery rate, Cartrack stands as your unwavering choice for stolen vehicle recovery.