According to statistics from the German Insurance Association (GDV), an average of two cars are stolen in Germany every hour.
Those figures are a concern for classic car owners. We’re talking here about the theft of modern vehicles equipped with modern technology. Unfortunately, our vintage classics were never fitted with much in the way of security systems at the factory. Some of them don’t even have a steering lock. This makes them an easy target for thieves.
We have seen for ourselves how vehicles can disappear without trace from underground car parks or classic car events. Pagode, W111, R107 or 190 SL – the model doesn’t matter. I’ll spare you the details of how it’s done – how quickly these thieves can hot-wire a car or even how they turn up as bold as brass with a bogus car transporter.
But what can you do about it? Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to keep their classic car close by, although having your car is in your own garage still doesn’t make it immune to theft. We have often felt uneasy parking a car out of direct sight, or in an unsupervised underground car park, or when laying it up for the winter. When your car is parked in a garage for the winter, how are you going to know it has been stolen unless you check it every day?
We have been dealing with this issue for a long time and have carried out lots of tests. Our customers also regularly tell us what lengths they have gone to to stop thieves making off with their vehicles. You can fit a deterrent like a sounder or an alarm system, but that involves a lot of work, time and trouble, not to mention expense. The problem with that particular solution is that there are too many false alarms. As a result, neighbours – and even the car owners themselves – tend not to take alarms too seriously. But what if the thief steals the car even when it has been fitted with an alarm system? The chances are slim that the car will ever be found. In our search for the perfect solution against theft, we knew that it would have to meet several criteria:
We have now found a system that has convinced us of its merits and that is also practicable for everyday use. We only fit GPS trackers from Guard Systems to our own vehicles and those of our customers. We are now a Guard Systems cooperation partner and have concluded a special agreement with them with respect to service life. The GPS Tracker Spot Guard Motion is available directly from us. You can easily install it yourself, although we would also be happy to install it for you.
This tracker meets and exceeds all of the above criteria:
This small tracker (80x82x22mm) can save you a lot of heartaches and will help you feel more relaxed about your vehicle. Guard Systems claims a recovery rate of 95%, with most vehicles being recovered within 48 hours. Let’s hope that the worst never happens – but if it does, at least you’ll be prepared for it.