Why a RECO?
As a company, our most stolen vehicle is the Range Rover. When we have a theft situation occur in our Secure Control Centre one of our team will inevitably ask ‘What Kind of Range Rover is it?’
For the country as a whole, according to the DVLA in reports produced earlier in the year, it is the Range Rover that takes second place, sandwiched between the Ford Focus and the Ford Fiesta, with another reasonably priced vehicle, the Volkswagen Golf in fourth place. The rest of the top ten was finished off with Mercedes- Benz C Class, BMW 3 Series, Land Rover Discovery, Vauxhall Corsa, Vauxhall Astra and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class
So why does the Range Rover feature more for Global Telemetrics than anything else? and why don’t we see as many reasonably priced vehicles in our recovery highlights?
The answer is pretty simple and that is that insurance companies don’t tend to demand they are fitted as part of the terms and conditions and this leads people to believe they do not need them. This of course couldn’t be further from the truth.
A tracking device alone will not stop a theft from occurring, but thanks to the technology in our tracking systems, combined with many years of expertise and experience in stolen vehicle recovery within our dedicated Stolen Vehicle Recovery team, over the years we have been able to locate and recover devices that have been jammed, damaged and even disconnected.
Many of the Focuses, Fiestas and Golfs are now keyless entry vehicles, sadly due to the increased relay thefts across the country this means they are increasingly easier to steal. Global Telemetrics have released a campaign to highlight the rise of keyless thefts which can be found here: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/special-features/global-telemetrics-highlight-vehicle-thefts-23904759
Recently, thanks to social media trends, reasonably priced cars such as KIAs’ and Hyundais’ are being targeted due to ‘challenge videos’ appearing on TikTok where instructions on how to easily steal these two types of cars have been created, which has then led to people joyriding through cities and towns filming themselves.
Thankfully, the ‘Kia Boyz’ trend has so far been mainly isolated to the USA but inevitably we could see this move to the UK as it becomes more popular. News outlets have been keen to warn readers of the potential dangers as found here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11065915/Kia-Hyundai-drivers-warned-TikTok-challenge-shows-thieves-steal-car-USB-cable.html
Global Telemetrics in 2021 launched a product which aims itself towards the reasonably priced car market called RECO. The RECO device, with a subscription cost of just £8 a month or £96 annually, offers customers a tracking device which is fully monitored 24/7 by our secure control centre and offers battery tamper alerts through the app to let customers know if their battery has been disconnected or low on voltage. The RECO can also be connected to an aftermarket alarm device which will then create an alert for the control centre to contact the customer and check that everything is ok.
The RECO device is Thatcham Approved, recognised by all major insurers, has network roaming to allow for the strongest connection at all times, makes use of all of our tracking technologies and expertise and if a theft should occur will be fully supported by our repatriations team who work alongside the police to quickly secure a stolen vehicle.
All RECO devices come with a 3 year warranty as standard which is then extendable up to 12 years.
To find out more about the RECO device please visit https://smartrack.uk.net/reco-thatcham-s7/ or call us on 01530 275920
You can also find all of our social media channels here: https://linktr.ee/globaltelemetrics
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.