I’m not sure about all you out there, but as a fourby enthusiast, as well as a general gear-head my biggest fear has ALWAYS been losing my pride and joy to a thief.
I have always updated to high-spec alarms with multiple immobilisation points and kills switches which come at a cost, but provide some peace of mind. But in the back of my mind, I’ve always know that if someone really truly wanted to take my toy, they could. No matter how stealth the install, how carefully you park or choose where you take it, someone can and will find a way. I’ve been lucky so far not to have a vehicle stolen, but have disturbed the would-be thieves in the process – a learning experience that I appreciated as I would have become a statistic but would rather not have been through.
So our MobileHQGU build is now pretty much finished – and with a sum insured of over 75k has had a lot of goodies thrown at it. As you all know, we take the stock value (roughly 40k for our 2013 GU) and then add the modification value on top (just over 35k). As my daily drive, it is usually pounding the bitumen between home, our Newcastle call centre and HQ in the Mountains. Overnight she’s in a driveway as she’s too tall to garage and as required, anyone from the team can take her to the various shows and events that we get out too. Given that she can be anywhere across the countryside at any time, I thought it was time to investigate security options.
Like most vehicles manufactured post 1990’s, it does have a factory immobiliser which works via a transponder in the key that sends a message to the ECU – if they don’t marry up it wont start. Some vehicles have a factory alarm system, some being as complex as having microwave sensors to accompany the standard door/bonnet/boot sensors. The Big GU does without this nicety – so if someone was having a go at the accessories or had broken in, we’d have no way of being alerted.
Something I’ve always considered and as a result have now decided to trial is a GPS tracking system. Whilst it does feel a little intrusive and “Big Brother”, I don’t really have much to hide other than the sneaky trip up a fire trail when I’m supposed to be heading home (lucky the significant other isn’t very techy!) so I see a lot of benefit in being able to track where the vehicle is.
In come the two brands we’ve decided to trial: Netcorp GPS and Black Knight Systems. Each is slightly different, with the Netcorp system being installed professionally and having a much more in depth data management capability as well as live 24hr security tracking by Netcorp to ensure your vehicle’s safety is being monitored per your requirements. Black Knight on the other hand boasts an easy DIY install solution and self service applications for tracking and data management. We can confirm MobileHQGU is the most secure GU in the world with both of these systems running live right now – so if you see her don’t touch 🙂
Over the next month or so I’ll be testing out the functionality of the apps and software as well as checking suitability in off and on-road conditions, so look out for a review soon!
Has anyone out there used a GPS tracker? What are your thoughts? Please do contribute below.