Have Many New Products Are Becoming Unstealable? - Page 2
Car theft in the UK has also dropped every year since coded keys were introduced, making it near impossible to drive a car without a key. In 2010 - 11, 106,228 cars were stolen, down from 117,687 in the previous period and massively down on the 587,856 a year twenty years ago.
With many companies now offering tracking systems, at the top end Cobra UK Limited provides GPS vehicle tracking for a variety of super car brands. Vehicles have small tracking units fitted so they can be followed across Europe from a network of monitoring stations manned 24/7. If a car is reported stolen, and the trackers show that it is being driven, a message can be sent to the car ignition to prevent if from being restarted once the vehicle comes to a halt and this technology can be rolled out to any car. As with many safety measures the first implementation is usually at the very top end of the market, but as volumes increase and prices drop the rollout across more ordinary vehicles gathers pace - just look at Sat Nav systems which are now de-rigeur on every manufacturers fleets.
Thieves spend their days trying to steal things, and usually we are one step behind them, often ending up closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. Maybe this time technology has got the lead on the thieves, and we the usual victims will be able to sleep safer in our beds