Unwary motorists are being fooled into a false sense of safety and are left susceptible with the invasion of mediocre vehicle tracking systems often necessary when taking out short-term motor vehicle insurance cover.
Consumers need to be conscious of what exactly it is that they are purchasing and whether the inexpensive systems will actually react as promised in their hour of need when they are most vulnerable.
The high crime rate in South Africa has unquestionably contributed to the fact that the private security industry has blossomed and has certainly been one of the fasted growing segments; but it also means that it is flooded with unscrupulous, unsavoury businesses and individuals offering sub-standard merchandise – one of which happens to be motor recovery systems.
It is most frightening to learn that many of these vehicle recovery systems and businesses are actually registered with certain bodies and while they most certainly do have a range of trustworthy products available, the sad thing is that they are now introducing a rather cheap and nasty range of products in an effort to improve their market share.
And instead of thinking out of the box and broadening their horizons by offering better-quality value-added products and services that necessitate investment into investigation and growth, there are certain providers that are casing havoc to the motor vehicle recover industry by offering many under-performing and inferior systems to Joe Public.
Inexpensive radio-frequency systems put motorists in danger and the chances are that if your car or vehicle is stolen or hijacked the system is easily disarmed and removed before you even have the opportunity to notify your tracking company.
The whole idea of having a tracker system installed should be to keep hijackings and theft to a minimum – but stats show that these cheaper radio-frequency tracking systems have less than a 45% recovery rate which is exacerbated by poor installation.
What you need to ask yourself is – why are these systems half the price of that offered by a reputable tracking service provider.
Thieves are now in a strong position to locate and remove cheap RF (radio frequency) systems – but perhaps the deciding factor should be that you have both the back-up and support of a reputable service provider; a key aspect of successful recovery in response time which directly correlates to the sophistication of your tracking device,