Getting your vehicle stolen isn’t the kind of thing you probably think much about — until it happens. Then it’s likely to be the only thing on your mind. The most recent data from the California Highway Patrol estimates that the rate of theft in 2017 was one vehicle every three minutes. And that’s just in California. Older cars are more likely to be stolen than new ones. It may seem surprising that an older car would be more desirable to thieves, but older cars have less advanced anti-theft systems, and thieves are often just looking to sell off parts.
There are some obvious things you can do to keep your car safe — not keeping the keys in the car is one of them. But if your vehicle does get stolen anyway, having a GPS device can make recovery a lot easier. Most GPS devices are very compact; roughly the size of a pack of gum. That makes them easy to hide in the car without worrying about a thief finding it.
The compact size of GPS devices makes them easy to use in places other than a car. We’ve rounded up a couple GPS devices that can be used for a variety of purposes, including protecting young children, vehicles, or any valuable equipment. Plus, if you’re looking to protect your two-wheeler, this list includes a disc lock for bikes, scooters, and motorcycles as well.
1. Trak-4 GPS Tracker for Tracking Assets, Equipment and Vehicles
GPS systems generally depend on subscription plans, and Trak-4 makes it easy to determine which plan is best for you with a number of affordable options that feature tracking and assistance. As for the device itself, the battery can last up to 12-18 months depending on how many alerts you set it to, and the unit has screw holes and a weatherproof casing for attaching it outside.
Pros: Variety of subscription plans from as low as $6/month. If GPS signal is blocked, the device triangulates based on cell towers. Rechargeable battery.
Cons: No light indicator to tell if the device is charged, battery life not as long if alerts are set to every 15 minutes.
2. PRIMETRACKING Personal GPS Tracker
This pocket-sized GPS tracker offers real-time alerts, and it features an SOS button. That makes it a good option for looking after young children. The location can be updated every 10 seconds. The free app for iPhones and Androids makes it convenient to check-in on whatever you’re tracking.
Pros: SOS button and real-time location updates make it a good option for taking care of young children or vulnerable people, in addition to vehicles.
Cons: $25 monthly subscription fee is considerably more expensive than Trak-4. Battery not as long.
3. YOHOOLYO Disc Lock Alarm Motorcycle Alarm Padlock
If you have a motorcycle, moped, or bicycle that you want to protect, this compact lock attaches to the disk of the wheel. It’s easy to lock, but hard to tamper with; it emits a 110db alarm in the event that someone tries to open it, which should be an effective deterrent for even the most brazen of thieves.
Pros: Good for a variety of two-wheel vehicles, has a very loud 110db alarm in the event of attempted theft.
Cons: Alarm is very sensitive, and can go off on its own in the rain.