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 

 

30 Sep: Theft Case Study Timberwolf Wood Chipper Recovered

Picture the scene, it’s Friday evening, all your work is done and you are about to settle down for a nice relaxing weekend, ‘RING RING’ your phone sounds and Global Telemetrics is the name on the screen. 

Alicia from the Stolen Vehicle Recovery team informed our customer that his Timberwolf Wood Chipper was currently being moved. The customer confirmed that this shouldn’t be moving and was indeed stolen. Alicia immediately advised the customer to report it as stolen to the police and obtain a crime reference number whilst she prepped our dedicated Repatriations Team.

27 Sep: Theft Case Study Range Rover Autobiography and Bentley Bentayga both recovered

Both July and August saw a great run of recoveries for Global Telemetrics, where alongside the tracked vehicle other vehicles were recovered at the same time.
This Range Rover theft would again prove to lead to other discoveries! At the end of July, our dedicated control centre was alerted to the theft of a Range Rover Autobiography belonging to one of our customers.

23 Sep: In conversation with….

Welcome to our new feature for our blogs, Global Telemetrics in conversation with…..

For this edition we are focusing on our Stolen Vehicle Recovery Manager who we will refer to as AS for security purposes 

The Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) department is the heartbeat of Global Telemetrics. Essentially, our SmarTrack devices are there to provide vehicle security and theft prevention and if the worst should happen it’ll be one of our dedicated 24/7 SVR team that you will speak with. 

A constant since the start of the formation of Global Telemetrics in 2009, the SVR team have been monitoring alerts generated by our driver detections systems, locating stolen vehicles, assisting with technical queries and providing technical support.