How GPS Tracking Can Protect Valuable Assets
Real-Time GPS Tracking Assists Asset Protection Strategies
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a December 2009 press release, reports that property theft in the United States is on the decline. According to the FBI, car theft fell 18.7 percent, larceny 5.3 percent, and burglary dropped 2.5 percent. These statistics, some would argue, partially reflect the theft-deterring potential of 21st century technology. Security systems in houses, cars and businesses often deter would-be burglars from pursuing their burglary. Kleptomaniacs who ignore security devices often get caught “in the act.”
Everyone would give first preference to theft prevention and second preference to recovering stolen goods. Some GPS tracking devices effectively prevent theft and help with recovering stolen goods. Suppose, for example, you want to make sure a container you filled with valuable company assets arrives at its destination in a timely manner. With vehicle tracking technology (using a live GPS tracking system), you can track the shipment in real-time. This means that you can know where your shipment is at all times and exactly how long it stays at each location. This information will help you act decisively. If the truck goes off course or stays in a location longer than it should, you can take appropriate action to resolve the problem quickly.
GPS tracking systems tie directly into a vehicle’s controlling computer. Many of these systems have the ability to remotely control the vehicle. If this system is live, you may be able to stop a stolen vehicle cold in its tracks by turning off the ignition remotely. Many companies are turning to GPS vehicle tracking technology for its asset tracking ability.
Why, you may wonder, should my company invest valuable capital into a GPS tracking system? Investing a small amount of capital in GPS tracking devices and an asset tracking system could save your company thousands of dollars in stolen goods. Purchasing a GPS tracking device is much cheaper than replacing a container, vehicle, or other valuable asset. The potential benefits greatly outweigh the cost. To put it a little more practically, a basic hard-wired fleet tracking device costs a couple hundred dollars plus installation. Compare the cost of the GPS to the cost of the vehicle in which it is placed ($15,000 and up). Investing a couple hundred dollars could prevent that vehicle from being stolen or help to recover it after it is stolen and abandoned. GPS tracking systems are a good investment for individuals and companies.
By Greg Bartlett / Guest Author
Greg Bartlett is a guest author who specializes in writing about GPS technology and has earned two master’s degrees.