10 Tips when looking at vehicle tracking

Considering the time you spend in your car and that your car is one of the biggest assets, if not the biggest, that you own, you can never implement enough security measures to ensure its safety. In a country where cars are not only stolen frequently, but smuggled over the border or stripped down in a matter of minutes, a tracking system is arguably one of the best safety precautions to have installed.

For those of us who haven’t made the smart choice yet, here is a list of the top ten things to look out for before investing in a tracking system.

  1. Is the tracking company partnered with the SAPS?
    If the company is partnered with the South African Police Service, the police themselves will be involved in the tracking process should your vehicle ever be stolen. The company will enlist the help of the SAPS network of over 1 400 vehicles and 50 aircraft, often leading to swifter arrests and faster recovery of the vehicle in question.
  2. Is the tracking device accepted by car insurers?
    If the device is accepted by insurance companies, chances are that you will be able to reduce the cost of your monthly car insurance premiums as a result.
  3. Does the company have a reputable ‘track’ record?
    What percentage of stolen vehicles has the company managed to recover over the years? This percentage will be a good indication of whether the particular tracking device is a trustworthy one or not.
  4. Does the company offer you a variety of package options?
    Obviously, the more variety that there is, the easier it will be to choose a tracking device that best suits your needs and your budget.
  5. What tracking options do you have?
    If you opt for a slightly more advanced package, are you given the option to track your vehicle yourself using your smartphone, tablet or computer? This is a great benefit to have, especially if you are prone to forgetting where you parked your car!
  6. What extras does the tracking company offer you?
    Think vehicle monitoring, roadside assistance, zone management etc. While you may have to pay a little bit extra each month in order to make use of these add ons, some of them are incredibly convenient to have.
  7. Does the system come with an ‘Assist’ or ‘Panic’ button?
    Make sure that it does. This will make it possible for you to unnoticeably alert your tracking system provider if you’re in the process of being hijacked. It’ll also save you a phone call if you need roadside assistance.
  8. Is the tracking device maintenance-free?
    The best tracking devices either come with a warranty or are 100% maintenance-free. It is also wise to ensure that the device comes equipped with its own independent backup battery.
  9. How accurate is the tracking device?
    Ultimately, the more accurate the device, the easier it will be to trace and recover your vehicle. The best tracking systems are able to track your vehicle within five metres of its exact location.
  10. Are you getting value for money?
    To determine this, you’ll have to shop around, which is always a good idea. Make sure that you aren’t paying for something that another reliable provider will give you for free.

As you can see, it is incredibly important to do your research before taking the plunge and choosing a vehicle tracking system. After all, this little piece of technology is going to be responsible for protecting your most prized possession.

Remember, by having a tracking device installed, not only will it provide you with peace of mind, but it might also result in cheaper car insurance premiums.


OUR CHOICE:

TRACKER. To Care is to Protect.

  • Tracker is committed to the timely delivery and installion of quality vehicle telematics units and services which meet and exceed the needs and expectations of their customers.​ 
  • Tracker is committed to delivering a quality service that fully meets our customers’ expectations. This is achieved by ensuring that each employee in the organisation adopts innovative and best-in-class telematics service practices with continual improvement in business and quality management systems as a part of Tracker’s effort to enhance customer satisfaction while assuring 100% quality.​
  • ​Tracker is committed to serve our clients by creating safer journeys and ensuring their vehicles’ safety by working together with various third parties which also include many law enforcement agencies and Vision Tactical.​         
  • Tracker uses innovative technology to ensure the safety of your vehicles and the people who use them with this easy-to-use app on your smartphone or tablet, you can instantly locate your vehicle, view it on street and satellite maps and even find out whether it’s stopped or moving, its speed and the vehicle’s odometer reading.


NATISIA LALLA

Tracker – Sales Consultant

079 506 3444

nlalla@tracker.co.za


 

Faster response times, Guaranteed!

With an average response time of under three minutes, we explain how the use of the latest innovations in technology helps us keep our clients and communities safe.

Our integrated systems boast the latest technological features to dispatch, manage, and streamline our tactical response units.

With our fleet management systems we are always connected to our team on the road. Detailed, automated reports make us respond faster to incidents keeping our teams safe. By taking live traffic information into account we can make sure that the right people are in the right place in the fastest possible time.

From incident creation, call take, dispatch and reporting our systems and some of the worlds most advanced call taking and computer-aided dispatch platform integrations we are able to make every second count, because saving time means saving lives.

Our vehicles are equipped with smart devices that easily allows for various customizable call flows between connected devices with tactical offices, emergency services and related third parties – reducing the complexity of getting lifesaving data from connected devices the control room and our clients. The systems sends precise location and additional data from our alarms and mobile app panics to connected devices and our control room. The tactical team and control has full transparency of ETA’s, live from the road, so that we can dispatch the right response for any situation. Simple and fast updated via Wi-Fi, means knowing our team have access to the most up to date information when they are on the road. Remote updates and maps allows for faster deployment of our tactical officers in the field.

Communication is crucial! Our driver terminals support two-way communication, so that we receive messages, images and videos without calling and disturbing the response officers.

The VTAC Personal Watch App is an application that turns your mobile phone into an ultimate emergency system. Linked to our Control Room as well as Armed Response that sends real-time alerts requesting a range of emergency services. Any alert will share your location to the Control Room, using GPS coordinates.

Success Report : 17/01/2018

A resident from Houghton reported to a stationed Vision Tactical Security Officer that he was robbed. Vision Tactical Intervention Unit together with Response units arrived at the scene.

Victim was pointed with firearm and robbed of a phone some time before he reported to the security as he was passing. Suspects description was obtained immediately and we started to track the cell phone. Phone was traced to Alex near Pan Africa Junction.

Vision Tactical contacted security units in that area as they started making their way to the tracked phone. David from 7 Arrows spotted the suspect as per the description and the suspected was apprehended. We thank David for his swift response.

Suspect detained at Alex SAPS.

Case number to follow.

Firearm Norinco found in possession of suspect.

Sought as per cas 1**\8\2017 Garsfontein

Residence Drivers license was found also.

Namola : Taxi Caught in Shootout

True to its mission of connecting citizens to safety in emergency situations, Namola successfully helped Lucia through a recent traumatic event, “Their response was very quick and the Namola team was really amazing.”

The Namola Response Centre received a request for help when Lucia was shot at while using an e-hailing service, allegedly by armed robbers.

Using the phone’s GPS coordinates, Namola was able to speedily report the incident to the nearest SAPS officials who were able quickly get to the scene of the incident.

Vision Tactical – a Namola Watch responder in the area – was also able to get to Lucia quickly by using the Namola provided coordinates. Vision Tactical safely helped Lucia get to the closest police station where she was able to report the incident to the authorities.

Lucia is another satisfied Namola user, who was able to safely get help in an emergency: “Being a victim of crime is a horrific experience, but Namola made the most traumatic experience of my life bearable.”

There were no injuries or casualties, and the case is pending investigation.

E-hailing services are convenient, reliable, comfortable and cost-effective. But, they are also controversial, with ongoing violence levelled at the popular services that enable users to make use of mobile apps to order taxis.

Because these e-hailing services provide an alternative to the more traditional metered taxi and public transport services, there are unfortunately times when unsafe situations can arise.

Make sure you know how to stay safe when using these services. Click here for more info

Thank you to the police, medics, firefighters & a host of emergency response partners!

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Swift response leads to arrests

Vision Tactical Panic App activations from members of the community led to the speedy arrest of three alleged car smash & grabbers in the Houghton area of Johannesburg on 22nd December 2017.

The suspects were apprehended after being caught at the scene in possession of stolen items.

The swift response from the Vision Tactical Responce Unit led to the discovery of stolen phones, bags and wallets.

Yaseen Theba, Director of Vision Tactical commended the work done by the tactical responders in apprehending the suspects.

“We hope this will send a message to those wishing to commit crime in the area that we are all over to make sure that the community is protected and we also encourage the other community members to download the app,” said Theba.

The suspects were handed over to the South African Police Service.

LEAKED PROMO VIDEO TEASER – Vision Tactical – Armed Response

We note the concern and enquiries caused by a leaked promo video teaser from our video production company that was meant for Managment of Vision Tactical.

The video was created for a presentation and the teaser was not intended to cause any fear or inconvenience to anyone. We apologise if we have offended anyone as this was not our intention.

As a gesture of goodwill we are offering our Vision Tactical app at absolutely no charge for a limited period. Kindly register for the app online www.VisionTactical.co.za

Your safety is a priority!

Stay safe,

Vision Tactical management.


Enquiries:

Yaseen Theba – 0644000000

yaseen@visiontactical.co.za


 

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Namola is a free crime response App that allows users to share their GPS coordinates, name and nature of the emergency with a 24/7 response call centre. For genuine alerts, police, other emergency responses, private security and citizen responders are then dispatched and monitored.

“We see the partnerships around the Namola app as a great step towards smart policing, and we are proud to be affiliated to do our bit to #MakeSASafe” said Yaseen Theba, Director of Vision Tactical.

Namola was designed by Happimo, a Non-Profit Organisation, and is made possible with the support of Dialdirect. Download it FREE, either from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or visit www.namola.com