Did you know that over 55,000 vehicles are reported stolen in South Africa each year?
South Africa’s high rate of stolen vehicles is alarming and an unfortunate reality for those personally affected. Not much time passes before one hears about yet another hijacking or stolen vehicle incident. Worse still, sometimes the victims are those close to us.
These realities should be proof that the need to install a vehicle tracking or recovery device is more important than ever but it’s even more important to understand the difference between a vehicle tracking and vehicle recovery.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VEHICLE TRACKING AND VEHICLE RECOVERY
Recent market research conducted by Beame, a brand of MiX Telematics, indicated that consumers mistakenly think that vehicle tracking and vehicle recovery offer the same services. With so many products and security solutions out there, it’s important to really understand the difference between the two, so that you know exactly what your vehicle is being protected against.
Vehicle tracking systems
A vehicle tracking system monitors the location of a moving vehicle using GPS technology. Depending on the type of vehicle tracking solution that you are subscribed to, you can use either your smartphone or the internet on your PC to view the exact location of your vehicle on a detailed map which also includes pinpoint locations, traffic information and a street view of your vehicle’s surroundings. The more advanced vehicle tracking systems can also provide a view of your driving behaviour patterns– which in the long run can help you correct certain behaviour such as speeding, harsh acceleration or braking. Of course, this all comes at a higher cost.
Stolen vehicle recovery systems
On the other hand, a stolen vehicle recovery system will assist you in locating your stolen vehicle. These devices are more beneficial to those consumers who prefer simplicity and are only concerned with having their vehicle returned to them in the event of a theft or hijacking. Although you can’t track your vehicle’s whereabouts, your vehicle recovery service provider is able to locate your stolen vehicle using signals from the recovery device.
Beame offers you a lot more than you’d expect from a basic stolen recovery device. With consumers facing increased financial pressures as a result of the country’s recent economic downgrade, Beame provides a cost-effective solution to protect your most valuable assets, allowing you to report your stolen vehicle by phone, online or via the mobi app.
One of the greatest benefits of having a Beame installed in your vehicle is that, while other tracking devices need to be connected to your vehicle’s electronic system, Beame uses smart wireless technology.
As a Beame subscriber, you have the added confidence of knowing that you have one of the best stolen vehicle recovery devices on the market, backed by a 24/7 recovery team that will always be on hand to assist you in finding your stolen vehicle, from every corner of the country.
To find out more about the Beame stolen vehicle recovery device, visit www.beame.co.za or contact us on 011 654-8090