In Conversation With….
Welcome to the third instalment of In Conversation With… where we speak to key members of the Global Telemetrics Team. This week it’s our Head of Technical: Dan.
For those who have read both previous features you will have seen the name Dan mentioned in both. The former head of Stolen Vehicle Recovery was a key person in building the success of the department as well as training and mentoring the key staff that are there now. Described as knowing everything and able to sort any problems by Cath in our last interview, Dan is affectionately described by some as the ‘Dad of SVR’. Known for always having his teams back in and out of work and is always there to offer words of wisdom alongside the odd conspiracy theory or two!
Dan has been with Global Telemetrics for 11 years, progressing through the company as the company itself expanded and he moved to his role of Head of Technical last year after previously being Stolen Vehicle Recovery Manager.
We sat with Dan and asked him about his time with the company.
GT: What attracted you to the role?
Dan: The investigational side of thefts, along with job satisfaction on recovery.
GT: What do you enjoy most about your job?
Dan: Currently, working on the new systems and helping to make them more efficient, self explanatory and user friendly.
GT: What challenges do you face each day?
Dan: Teaching our Stolen Vehicle Recovery Manager (A.S.) how to clean up after himself, he still can’t manage to dry his mug and put it away!
GT: What is your proudest moment while working here?
Dan: Transitioning from Security Liaison Officer > SVR Team Leader > SVR Manager > Head of Technical. If you want one related to the role itself, it would have to be the recovery of 2 x Lamborghinis, an Aventador SV and Huracan, totalling over 600k, 4 days chasing these 2 around, but we finally got them back. They were both stolen together and recovered together for one client.
GT: What would your perfect work day be?
Dan: A.S. putting his pots away, 100% recovery on thefts, and a busy day in general.
GT: What is the biggest tip you could give someone about protecting their vehicle?
Dan: Don’t rule it out with arrogance, the most popular phrase I hear is “nobody would take my vehicle”.
GT: If you could do the role of one other person for a week, what would you choose?
Dan: Engineer, I do miss that physical hands-on work, but I don’t miss the cold weather! I’ll stay where I am, thank you haha!
GT: What do you get up too outside of work?
Dan: Family time, day trips out, plenty of holidays!
GT: And finally….what has been your funniest moment while being here?
Dan: There has been a lot to be honest, but seeing A.S walk into the office with his shirt or jumper being worn inside out, and yes this has happened on more than one occasion.
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.