Vehicle tracking vs vehicle recovery explained
While the holiday celebrations have come to an end and the festive décor is packed away, the shocking truth is that while most of us enjoyed some time off during the December period, criminals were still hard at work.
The latest statistics indicate that vehicle hijackings increased by 14.2% in 2015 and over 90 000 vehicles are reported stolen or hijacked every year in South Africa. It’s quite daunting that 1 in 4 people will return to their car, only to find that it is no longer there! With this kind of information making the headlines, it’s pertinent to discuss the difference between vehicle tracking and vehicle recovery at this time.
The web is full of stories and reports reiterating the importance of installing a vehicle tracking or recovery device in your vehicle. Yet, so many people have fallen victim to car theft and were unable to retrieve their vehicle because they weren’t subscribed to a tracking company. It has become a necessity with our country’s crime rates being what it is. From recent market research, it has come alight that many people think that vehicle tracking and vehicle recovery is the same thing. Is there a difference between a tracking device and a recovery device? It’s important to understand the difference to ensure that you have the right product that is best suited for your needs.
So, what’s what?
If you prefer simplicity, no fuss and are only concerned about one thing – having your vehicle returned to you by your vehicle tracking company if it is stolen, then a basic vehicle recovery device is the right solution for you. Even though you are unable to view and track the location of your vehicle on a map , your vehicle tracking company can track the signal from the recovery device in order to find it in the unfortunate event that it is reported stolen.
If you have a Beame recovery device installed in your vehicle and it is stolen, all you need to do is report the incident by phone, online or with our easy to use smartphone app. The Beame device is always switched on and during a recovery it is placed on high alert to facilitate a speedy recovery. A signal is transmitted to indicate the location of your vehicle to the recovery team, enabling them to find your vehicle and bring it safely back to you.
On the other hand, if you are subscribed to a more expensive vehicle tracking solution, various additional features and services are usually offered, apart from being able to recover your stolen vehicle. Depending on how advanced the tracking solution is that you choose, you are able to view the location of your vehicle on a detailed map showing you pinpoint locations, traffic information and a street view on a map of your vehicle’s surroundings via the internet on your computer or smartphone. Innovative tracking services also enables you to view your driving behaviour – like speeding, harsh acceleration and harsh braking. But for all these additional features and services, your monthly tracking subscription fee is much higher than when you are only paying for a stolen vehicle recovery service.
So what does it mean if you have a Beame stolen vehicle recovery device fitted in your car?
You can feel confident that the Beame recovery team is there 24/7 to assist you in finding your stolen vehicle. Beame has one of the highest stolen vehicle recovery rates in the country! Apart from being a leading vehicle recovery service, it’s smaller and much more affordable than other devices. As the device uses smart wireless technology, it doesn’t interfere with the wiring of your car so it doesn’t affect your vehicle’s electronic warranty (feature-rich tracking devices take longer to install and is connected to the wiring system of your vehicle). It’s backed by a team of highly-trained recovery agents, who will search every corner of the country to find your vehicle once you have reported it as stolen.
Beame Protect offers you a number of additional services like Accident Assist, Fines Assist, License Assist, Pothole Assist and even Bail Assist. If you want to find out more about Beame’s optional add-on service offerings, visit www.beame.co.za or chat to us on Facebook and Twitter for the best advice around.
‘Till next time, peeps!