If you’ have just bought a new car or kitted out all of your employees with new company vehicles, it's only natural to have concerns about keeping your new car safe. A vehicle is a valuable commodity after all, which could potentially make it a target for thieves. To help you rest easier at night, you don’t need a Fort Knox-style secure garage in which to keep your car, nor do you need an expensive CCTV security system. All you need is a good insurance policy and one other very clever, super techy trick up your sleeve – a GPS car tracker.

How GPS trackers work

A GPS tracker can act in just the same way as a comprehensive insurance policy. You might not ever need to use it to actively track a vehicle, but it can give you great peace of mind to know that it's there. GPS trackers are designed to be very discreet, so there’s no big flashing beacon to let everyone know that the vehicle’s location is being monitored.

Black in colour and compact in size, they can be placed in many locations in and on a vehicle. Some are even waterproof, so they can withstand the elements. Once activated, a GPS tracker starts to report on its location right away, sending data to a secure remote server which you can then access via a range of devices.

Types of trackers and ways of staying in the loop

One of the most popular types of GPS trackers is one that gives you real-time access to the vehicle’s location. This means that you can log into your own private tracking console and see where the vehicle is at any given moment. Miraculously, you can do this from anywhere in the world as long as you can get online, which can offer great peace of mind for those holidays and business trips away when your car has to be left behind.

If you don’t need such intensive tracking, there is another option. SMS vehicle trackers allow you to ‘check in’ with your vehicle. When you send a text requesting the vehicle’s location, a text is sent right back to let you know where it is. So, if your vehicle goes missing, this information could be all you need to inform the police and track it down.

Vehicle trackers for business

GPS trackers are not only handy for private car owners, but they are also commonly used by businesses wanting to look after their fleets or keep an eye on company cars. They can potentially be used to negotiate with insurers to drive policy premiums down, as well as offer a good level of security.

However, trackers can also be used to monitor suspicious employee behaviour, carry out training, improve the efficiency of everyday business processes and do many other very useful things. If a vehicle has any value to you, either financially, emotionally or from a business perspective, it’s well worth protecting it with a GPS tracker.

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