Stolen cars may become a much rarer commodity, now that GPS devices are moving towards becoming a standard feature. Global positioning systems not only give directions from one place to another, but they can be used remotely by authorized personnel to pinpoint a car’s location. In fact, two individuals in India were recently arrested for stealing a car. They were found quickly when police used the car’s GPS to track the stolen car’s location.

The Times of India Report: Stolen Car Found Using GPS

Earlier this year, police in Gurgaon used the GPS in a Chevrolet Innova to track its whereabouts and return it to the rightful owner. Driver Sanjay Kumar was traveling to Mehrauli in the middle of the night when his car was overtaken by four young car thieves. The men dragged Sanjay from his car, hopped inside, and drove off. Sanjay immediately contacted the police and let them know that his car was equipped with a GPS device. Authorities were able to track the car and find it within hours of the theft. Two of the thieves were arrested at the scene and have been prosecuted in city court. The other two fled the scene and are being searched for by police.

GPS Used to Track Vehicles in Many Industries

Many modern cars come with GPS technology. Systems like OnStar – a part of General Motors – are subscription-based, allowing car owners to deactivate the service if they choose to use their own GPS device. If the subscription is activated, car owners experience a wide variety of benefits ranging from hands-free communication to turn-by-turn navigation. The system will even diagnose potential problems with the car. If your car is ever stolen, it can be tracked by the overarching company. It provides incredible security from tracking your route to sending help when you’ve been involved in an accident.

Trucking companies use GPS devices to monitor their drivers. While some may feel this measure of accountability is unnecessary and degrading, you do have to admit that the company has a right to know where their products are as they make their way across the country. Not only can GPS track where drivers are currently located, but it will also tell the company if the driver is being safe and if he’s taking the breaks he needs for adequate rest. Since 2005, truck drivers have been allowed 11 hours of driving followed by a 10 hour break. Driving for a longer time or with less rest time can pose serious risks, both to the driver and to other on the road. If the truck has been in an accident, GPS monitoring can find it quickly and bring help. And if, for some reason, the truck has been stolen, it can easily be tracked and found as long as the GPS device is functioning.

Taxi cab companies also use GPS to monitor their drivers’ movements. Not only can a company tell if the driver is close by to pick up a customer, but they can ensure that the driver is doing his job while on the clock. For instance, if a cabby is sitting in the middle of a national park for an hour or more, his employer will probably give him a call to ask what he’s doing! And, as with trucking companies and GPS devices in the average citizen’s car, taxi companies can call for help if one of their cars has been in an accident or was stolen.

Cell Phone GPS Used for Tracking

If a car doesn’t have a built-in GPS device but a cell phone was left inside, the car can probably be tracked using the phone. Police also use cell phone technology to track people, so if you can help them identify the thief, they may be able to track the car using the thief’s cell phone.

Leave the Tracking to the Police

You may get tired of sitting around and feel like you have to do something to “help” get your stolen car back where it belongs. However, anything you try may endanger the lives of the police officers working your case. Your life can also be brought into danger. Car thieves are using your car as a means to an end. In fact, many will use several cars to get from one location to the next, just to avoid being caught. If you’ve alerted the police to your GPS device, they will definitely use it to track your car. Even if you can pick up the signal with another device, it’s best to sit back and let the police handle the chase.

Today, most cars are equipped with a GPS tracking device. The fact that they can be tracked down within hours of the theft may deter car thieves from stealing. Or it may drive them to steal more cars in an effort to ditch the vehicle before they are caught.

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