The stolen vehicle recovery expert, TRACKER, has urged police to recognise and respond to the growing problem that thieves are using GPS jammers targeting plant and agricultural businesses.
TRACKER was supporting the Lancashire Constabulary Agricultural Crime Conference and highlighted how organised criminal groups are employing new tactics to outwit police as they steal equipment and vehicles to order.
Villains have been importing cheap GPS jammers from overseas, using them to steal prestige cars and 4x4s for some time, but there is growing evidence that the gangs of thieves have now been branching out to take advantage of a demand for plant machinery too.
There are some alarming new figures from NFU Mutual estimating that approximately £1.5million of construction and agricultural machinery is stolen every week in the UK and TRACKER believes that GPS jamming is playing a significant role in supporting this activity.
TRACKER’s stolen vehicle recovery solutions have been specifically designed however to be resilient to GPS jamming as unlike any other solutions on the market, TRACKER combines GSM, GPS and also VHF* technology to create the most robust tracking device available.
Stuart Chapman, head of TRACKER’s Police Relationship Team explained: “Systems that rely on GPS alone are susceptible to jamming, confirming the potential weakness of most tracking devices available today. By combining 3 different means of location, including unique VHF technology, TRACKER offers owners and hirers of plant machinery the most effective safeguard against theft, even if the GPS does fail.”