January 30, 2019
Hijacking remains one of the most reported types of crime in South Africa, and statistics released by the South African Police Service reveal that on average a car is hijacked every 31 minutes somewhere in the country. These statistics are frightening – as this means that it could happen to anyone, at any time, anywhere. So, how best can you protect yourself and your vehicle?
The simple answer – technology! Tracking apps, for example, offer convenient and real-time vehicle tracking which puts you in the driver’s seat of your safety. Combined with a vehicle tracking device, these apps can form a formidable solution, enabling you to track and monitor your car from your Smartphone from any place, at any time.
Advanced tracking apps today offer a host of features to enhance your personal safety, including, for example:
- Navigate to your car’s exact location. Plan your route, navigate to your destination and view traffic as well as weather information directly in the app. You can send directions from the app to another vehicle tracked on your account, allowing your family to navigate to the exact location of your vehicle if you need assistance, providing an added sense of security and peace of mind.
- Protect your car with the GeoLoc feature. Receive an alert on your mobile phone if your vehicle is moved from the GeoLoc location while this feature is enabled. This feature is a proactive measure to enable you to take swift action should your vehicle move from a specific location without your authorisation.
- Geo-fencing specific areas. Set up a virtual boundary around a particular location on a map, for example, a high crime area. This allows you to be aware of your vehicle entering or leaving these areas as this will trigger an alert which is sent to your phone.
- Minimise risk with border alerts. This feature helps to minimise the risk of vehicle theft and illegal cross-border exports. In the event that your vehicle approaches a South African border, you will receive a notification which allows you to alert the recovery teams if this is due to unauthorised possession of your vehicle by thieves.