Self tracking & self recovery of a stolen vehicle: the pros and cons
Self tracking is a excellent way to save money. Instead of paying RM 360 a year on annual service fees, you just pay for the SIM card. And it makes sense for a minority of people who just want to know where their vehicle is and for those feel its enough to recover a car by immobilizing it when it’s stolen.
Yes, there are some cases where the owner self-recovered their stolen vehicle. But in more cases the opposite is true.
Times have changed. The technology in cars have changed. Today, new vehicles have complicated electronics and wiring and installing an immobilizer will result in error codes on the ECU. So today, in many cases, although the tracking system has the immobilizer function, many car owners choose NOT to install it as it threatens their vehicle warranty. So when it comes to theft, they do not have the immobilizer function.
But even if they did have the immoblilizer function, thieves today can by-pass an immobilizer within 30 minutes. So unless you brave enough to collect your car within 30 minutes of immobilization or can get the police to respond and reach your vehicle within 30 minutes of immobilization, your car will be lost.
Historically, CAPTOR system have the immobilizer function. Our latest product CAPTOR StarDrive, does not have an immobilizer function as it catered to be 100% warranty friendly to any new car. We do have however, another system with an immobilizer function; CAPTOR-GPS. And the fact is, we only activate the immobilizer when our recovery teams and the police are literally within sight of the vehicle. Immobilization anytime before that reduced the chance of recovery as it alerts the thief of the presence of the tracking system and forces them to search and destroy the system.
We have clients who self track and self recover. But for most people, it’s not something you want to do.
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