Simplytrak Vehicle Tracking System Praised by Police

Simplytrak’s vehicle tracking system is helping to fight the war on rural vehicle crime in The East Riding having partnered with North Yorkshire’s Rural Crime Division to track and cease a stolen quad bike.

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The Market Weighton based company is fast growing its reputation for vehicle tracking and has impressed North Yorkshire’s Rural Crime Division by going above and beyond for a victim of theft.

The tracking systems earnt the respect of The North Yorkshire Rural Crime Division after the system was used to track and locate a recently stolen quad bike.

Sergeant Arfan Rahouf from the North Yorkshire Rural Task Force was involved in the vehicle recovery operation and he commended the tracking software after being impressed by Simplytrak’s speedy response and the softwares ability to pinpoint the stolen vehicles exact location. PC Arfan commented, “We received fantastic service from Simplytrak. The tracking kit enabled the team to locate, seize and recover the stolen quad within twenty-four hours.” 

Having previously been interviewed about rural vehicle crime, PC Rahouf commented that: “The problem with rural crime is it is not high enough up the agenda for people. If you take a quad bike from a farmer then that is their livelihood gone for a couple of days – if not weeks – until it can be retrieved or replaced and the impact of it is massive.” Since the introduction of the Rural Task Force over three years ago, rural crime has fallen, however PC Rahouf stated that, “The force has seen an increase in farm and agricultural theft, in particular quad bike thefts.” Which is where tracking and security systems come into play and can offer confidence to the rural community.

Talking about the incident and the systems capabilities, Ian Wood, Managing Director said: “Simplytrak supplies Platt Quads with the tracking system and software and in turn they supply vehicles to their network of customers with the added security of Simplytrak’s tracking systems. Having originally purchased a quad fitted with a tracker from Platt’s the vehicle was subsequently re-sold to a private customer and the system was later disabled. Unfortunately for the new owner, the vehicle was recently stolen and North Yorkshire Rural Crime Division contacted Simplytrak to enquire about the original tracking system installed and ascertain whether it could be reinstated. We quickly confirmed that we were able to reactivate the system to track the stolen bike and reacted quickly to the Police request. By re-enabling the tracker we were able to direct the police to the exact location of the stolen vehicle, where they were able to recover it quickly.” 

Ian goes on to say, “The tracker demonstrated its capabilities perfectly and impressed both the Officers involved in the quad’s recovery and the private owner – who has now purchased the system for the rest of their fleet of vehicles. Rural vehicle crime is on the rise and it’s great to know our system can support prevention and help to minimise crime by supporting tracking and vehicle retrieval which hopefully leads to subsequent criminal proceedings. In the past few years we have helped the police on a number of occasions and often finding one stolen vehicle leads to the location of quite a few more.” 

The private owner Helen, who has since gone on to purchase a range of Simplytrak tracking kits said, “Without having the Simplytrak tracker installed on our quad bike, we would have faced huge costs plus the price rise on insurance and the total inconvenience of having to replace the equipment. Thanks to Simplytrak we recovered the quad bike within around 12 hours of it being stolen.”

Helen explained: “The yard break-in was frighteningly well-organised, we believe the thieves used drones to stake out the area and plan entry and exit points in advance. Within a 15 minute window they had cut down our fences, broken into our shed and wheeled the quad to a waiting horse trailer before making a quick getaway. We reported the crime to the Police but with no officers immediately available, or clues to go off it was looking incredibly unlikely that we would recover the quad. We remembered that the previous owner had a tracker fitted but we hadn’t re-activated it in our name.The next morning we were able to get Simplytrak’s details from the previous owner, and pass these on to the Police. Simplytrak immediately accessed the tracker and within a matter of minutes told the Police it’s precise location. Officers were able to recover the quad that same day.

We are so thrilled to have got our quad bike back. Recovery would not have been possible without Simplytrak. We have already re-registered the tracker in our name and purchased several more units for all our other machines! We couldn’t be more grateful for the fantastic service from Simplytrak.”

Simplytrak’s vehicle tracking systems enable fleet management operators to drive down costs and improve efficiency. With capabilities including live turn-by-turn tracking, geofencing and alerts the tracking solution allows companies to know exactly where their vehicles are at all times. The modular system also offers immobilisation features and witness and/or security cameras to further increase vehicle and driver security.

01. Keep Valuables Out of Sight

Often, vehicle theft occurs due to opportunists spotting a ‘vulnerable vehicle’. Avoid leaving items such as wallets, mobile phones and luggage on display. If your vehicle has a portable navigation device, remove it from the windscreen and make sure to wipe away the suction marks left by the mount. If you tend to hide items under the seat or glove compartment, chances are someone could have seen you, try to take items with you where possible or place them in the boot of the vehicle before making your journey.

02. Park Your Vehicle Responsibly

Recent data from Co-op Insurance revealed that nine of the ten hotspots for car crime in the UK are located in the capital, including the exclusive borough of Kensington and Chelsea. With this, it’s important you choose your parking space smartly. Search for areas that are well lit with high footfall. Even opportunists won’t take the risk for a small reward if they believe they are being watched.

03. Lock Doors And Windows

This may seem obvious, but always ensure both doors and windows are locked. It doesn’t matter if you’re popping to the shop or parked outside your own home, its a simple prevention method that could go a long way. If your vehicle has a sunroof, ensure this is closed too, and if your drive a convertible, close the soft-top.

04. Install A Tracker

Technology plays a vital role in keeping your pride and joy safe. The use of vehicle trackers has fast become the most successful way of monitoring and securing your vehicle or fleet. Simplytrak can pinpoint your vehicle to the exact location, whilst in a remote location and have quickly become one the market leaders in automotive security with our excellent solutions and features. Our vehicle tracking system comes with standard features that enable you to drive down costs and improve efficiency. We also offer immobilisation features and cameras to increase vehicle and driver security.

05. Simplytrak’s Driver Training System – SimplySecure

Vehicle theft using the keys will negate your insurance. Simplytrak’s new SimplySecure system aims to prevent fleet drivers from ever leaving the keys in the ignition, even during quick drops. Whenever the driver’s door is opened with the keys still in the ignition, the horn will sound, hazard lights will flash and the vehicle is instantly immobilised. The vehicle cannot be stolen. To mobilise the vehicle again, the driver must contact head office who are able to re-mobilise the vehicle remotely.

SimplySecure Uses TurnKey Technology To:

Contact us today to learn more about protecting your vehicle!

Since the initial introduction of our remote immobilisation solution in 2018, Simplytrak have enabled clients across the country to remotely immobilise vehicles from the ease of their palms. Using either desktop or hand-held devices, the immobilisation solution was initially created for client Practical Car & Van Rental, supporting them in their battle to reduce hire-vehicle thefts. This systems success led Simplytrak to become Practical Car & Van Rental’s number one security supplier and helped recover a multitude of stolen vehicles over the years.

Invigorated by the success of Simplytrak’s remote immobilisation solution, our team of vehicle security experts set out to develop a system that would further support both B2B and B2C clients regardless of vehicle type or usage.

Now proudly working with the world’s largest courier operator, the Simplytrak team have developed a solution that not only ‘auto-immobilises’ a driver’s vehicle but also educates the driver to remove the keys from the ignition every single time, eliminating the risk of theft and avoiding negated insurance claims.

So, how does it work?

If any door opens whilst the keys remain in the ignition, the horn will sound, hazard lights flash and the vehicle will immediately auto-immobilise. To free the vehicle, the driver must contact their office who re-mobilise the vehicle remotely. (In the case of private cars this function is also available via secure Simplytrak app).

But there’s more. Even if a vehicles key is stolen or cloned and the vehicle taken, the vehicle can be remotely immobilised and tracked via smartphone/PC to its exact location. This makes for fast recovery and re-securing of your vehicle and cargo. And if a device is ever located and removed, the engine simply won’t start without it.

With SimplySecure, it’s no longer possible for a driver to simply forget to remove the keys every single time. The Simplytrak SimplySecure system works with the vehicles on-board computer systems, is easy to install, robust and reliable.

Stop losing your vehicles and contents through keys-in theft. It’s time to outwit vehicle thieves. So SimplySecure out your vehicles today.

Call Simplytrak today on 01430 879197.

How does it work?

The feature works using signals sent from our tracking devices to the vehicles Electrical Control Unit. These signals tell the vehicle to open or close the central locking.

What are the benefits?

The Remote Door Locking feature ensures the security of your vehicles and their contents, also ease of use if the vehicle breaks down and has to be left unattended. Better yet, when paired with Simplytrak’s Vehicle Immobilisation system the user has a full package of vehicle security. Our Remote Door Locking feature can be installed into almost any vehicle and can even help with hygiene during the Coronavirus pandemic.

How can it help during the Coronavirus pandemic?

When used with a lease company, Remote Door Locking allows the customer service team to unlock the vehicle from the office and have zero direct contact with the client. Paperwork can be pre-arranged and left on the driver’s seat. The vehicle can be sanitised ready for a new driver and keys can be left in the glove box in a sealed bag.

Who is Remote Door Locking aimed at?

Remote Door Locking was developed with delivery companies in mind, as these businesses have the highest rates of theft when leased or left unattended. Simplytrak’s feature takes this worry away, ensuring the safety of any goods left inside the vehicle when not immediately secured. Remote Door Locking is useful to all kinds of customers and can be installed into almost any vehicle!

Contact us today to hear more about our market leading solutions and features.

Lets take a closer look at some of the benefits that a fleet management system can deliver to a your fleet.

Identify any driver behaviour issues

A fleet management system can help to analyse a driver’s behaviour more effectively, looking at driving activities such as speeding and harsh braking. This tool will allow for any unwanted driving habits to be identified that could put the worker at risk of an accident or potentially cause the vehicle damage. The downtime caused by accidents often cause much greater costs for the company than the accident itself. Minimising risk is a key factor in keeping down costs too. A fleet management system can also identify if the vehicle is left idling in real-time. This may be due to the driver making a delivery or waiting to start a job, which both cause increased risk/maintenance and unnecessary fuel consumption. Using the detailed driver behaviour reports the fleet manager can then use this data to educate their team on ways to improve their driving performance – benefitting both the business and the driver.

Reduce downtime

Reducing downtime can be a key area to improve productivity. A fleet management system will allow businesses to make informed decisions and schedule trips more efficiently, which will assist in reducing the downtime of their vehicles. The system can help with optimising planning too as fleet managers will be able to assign tasks whenever they spot an idle vehicle and schedule jobs by proximity or any other metric. This means the number of trips each day can be increased by tackling the workload of a fleet in a strategic way.

Ensure maintenance and security

A business can easily stay on top of vehicle maintenance with a range of alerts set up to the fleet manager. The data can help to identify if any maintenance or inspections are needed. Healthy vehicles waste less fuel and are more efficient, reducing the risk of any unwanted repairs that may come up. An immobilisation feature can provide extra security and reassurance if theft occurs. The innovative technology means it is as simple as sending an SMS to immobilise a vehicle. The time taken to identify the location and potentially recover the stolen vehicle can then be significantly decreased.

Reduce time completing paperwork

Paperwork is time consuming and reduces productivity. A fleet management system will help drivers, dispatchers and managers reduce paperwork as the system can automatically track and record the details of the time spent at a job. This takes away the need to rely on the worker to remember to log the details. Mileage records can also be recorded by an accurate turn-by-turn updated system, eliminating the use of paper records and ensuring a correct submission to the tax office every time. It also allows for accurate invoicing which reduces customer complaints and increases customer satisfaction.

Cut down on excess fuel consumption

Excess fuel consumption is bad news for a business and the environment. A fleet management system can provide fleets with the most efficient routes, saving time and eliminating unnecessary fuel expenses. A fleet manager can also set reports to inform them if engines are left running or vehicles are being used out of hours.

At Simplytrak we are delighted to be able to offer all the above features and more for your fleet as standard. Get in touch for a quote and you might be surprised how small the cost is, with no up-front fees and significant savings to be made for your business. For more information on our fleet management solution please contact Ian Wood our Business Development Manager at E: ian@simplytrak.com or on T: 01430879197.

The new data does come to us at great cost. However, as we are offering this to all customers, we can bring the cost down to just £1 per unit per month extra to your existing contracts for those interested parties. Just to clarify, that is per customer, not per user of the system. As usual we want all customers to have unlimited access to all features if possible and thus gain the most from the system.

Benefits:

Driver Behaviour

This feature allows you to keep a scorecard of all employees and gives them a score out of 100 based on driving performance. This identifies which drivers are driving efficiently and also highlights potential liabilities.

If you are interested give us a call on 01430 879197 and we can enable this feature on your account

Benefits:

Simplytrak Support is always available for you during office hours on 01430 879197, Skype at ‘Simplytrak Support’ and email on support@simplytrak.com

Simplytrak – Simple isn’t it.