Chop Shop Stopped!
Earlier on in July we had a report to our control centre that our customers’ Range Rover SVR had been stolen. After contacting our control centre armed with their crime reference number our Stolen Vehicle Recovery Team leaped into action and immediately started the process of locating the vehicle.
So far, halfway throughout the year Range Rover’s have made up 60% of all vehicles recovered by Global Telemetrics. The rise of keyless theft has recently been highlighted in our information video as seen below
In the usual event of a theft of an asset the following process will occur:
- Customer will report their vehicle stolen on our dedicated theft line/Global Telemetrics will ring the customer to make them aware of one of the alerts that our system generates (Vehicle moving without ignition, Battery disconnected, Driver Detection not present)
- If not already obtained, customer will be advised to ring the police and obtain a crime reference number
- Global Telemetrics work with our agents who work alongside the police to secure your asset. Upon a receipt of crime reference number, agents will attend the location of your vehicle
- As a safety precaution, upon notifying Global Telemetrics of a theft all access to our apps is temporarily disabled. We will keep the owner informed of any updates so they can rest assured everything is in hand. Global Telemetrics will not provide customers with an exact location of the asset to avoid customers endangering themselves
- When the vehicle is secured, Global Telemetrics will call the customer to confirm that the vehicle is safe
- The police will arrange with the customer collection of the vehicle either from its location or after recovery and forensic examination
Armed with the location, immediately, our repatriations team and the police headed to the area. In a lot of recoveries everything is fairly straightforward and much a case of locating the vehicle and either returning back to the customer or taking the vehicle for further investigation.
For this recovery, the police force and repatriations team believed there was more than meets the eye and suspected they could have found something more than just the one vehicle. After a period of surveillance West Midlands Police alongside the Disrupting Criminality team and our repatriations agents engaged with the location.
Upon entry, the location was revealed to be a chop shop which had 8 stolen vehicles inside either whole or already in parts, one of which was the stolen Range Rover with the SmarTrack device which had led to this chop shop’s downfall!
Stopping chop shops are a huge part of the police force and our repatriations teams work. Chop shops have 3 massive effects: Vehicles are sold under market rate and unsafe, Insurance premiums increase for the victim of theft and Insurance premiums in general increase due to the amount of stolen vehicles. Our teams across the UK and Europe are proud to be a part in disrupting this criminal activity. Global Telemetrics offer a range of different SmarTrack devices to suit every customer’s needs, whether you require driver detection, mileage reports, journey historys or just want a covert device which sits in the background calling in only once a day. We have a product and plan that will suit your needs. Further information on the products we provide including our can be found on our website https://smartrack.uk.net or by giving us a call on: 0800 279 6401 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
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This February, Global Telemetrics recovered £2.5m worth of vehicles. This is £500k more than February of 2022, and £800k more than February of 2021, highlighting the continuing rising trend in vehicle theft across the UK.
We remain on course to hit our projected recovery total of over £40m worth of vehicles by year-end 2023, compared with £38.6m worth of vehicles recovered in 2022.
Staycations are becoming ever-popular, and with spring around the corner, motorhomes and caravans across the country will soon be out on the roads again. Whilst these home-from-homes continue to gain demand, it will unfortunately lead to a likely rise in stolen vehicles.
In 2022, Global Telemetrics were responsible for the recovery of £38.6m worth of vehicles. Fiat Ducato motorhomes were the 3rd highest recovered vehicle of the year, making up for over £1m of recoveries. Other motorhome and Caravan brands such as Auto-Trail, Bailey and Adria also appeared on the list, accounting for almost £800k of recoveries.
Global Telemetrics has had a kick start to the year, with £3.4m worth of vehicles recovered during January alone.
At this rate, we are projected to recover over £40m worth of vehicles by year-end 2023, compared with the £38.6m worth of vehicles we recovered in 2022.