US Fleet Tracking Gives GPS Tracking Tips to Deter Theft of Fleet Vehicles

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US Fleet Tracking shows how using GPS Tracking can help fleets avoid costly break-ins.

US Fleet Tracking

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Fleet vehicles hold a lot of value for a company, and if they're not using GPS tracking, then they run an increased risk of decreasing the bottom line.

Fleet managers know their company vehicles are valuable, but some may not be aware of the dangers of theft risk. The large trucks are actually targeted by thieves for high profit or breaking them apart for parts. Many fleet managers have turned to the technological aid of GPS tracking devices to help them deter theft of fleet vehicles. GPS tracking plays a role here in that it can keep track of a few key details managers need to know in order to keep their vehicles safe. Listed below are a few GPS tracking tips managers can use to avoid costly break-ins.

1.) Turning vehicles off: It seems silly to have to remind someone that they should shut the engine off when they are making quick stops here or there, but it's surprising how many people think that leaving the keys in the ignition for a few minutes isn't a risk. A lot can happen in just a few minutes. For example, a driver dashing inside the convenience store while leaving the company vehicle running idle leaves it at risk for someone to steal the truck. GPS tracking software has the ability to alert managers when vehicles are left in idle for too long. Just because it wasn't stolen this time, who's to say it won't happen ever? If idling keeps happening, managers will know which drivers need to be educated on safety practices.

2.) Vehicle surveillance: With 3G connectivity, live mapping was never better for GPS tracking. With this technology, managers could have a strong connection with a more accurate view of where all fleet vehicles are located. There are also options to pre-set a geofence or designated area in which certain (or all) vehicles are allowed to be in and they can be set at specific times. This helps provide alerts if vehicles are ever taken outside of their geofences when they are supposed to be parked. If a vehicle was ever taken, GPS tracking would help to track down the stolen vehicle before the thief could get too far.

Fleet vehicles hold a lot of value for a company, and if they're not using GPS tracking, then they run an increased risk of decreasing the bottom line. Money being shelled out for replacement vehicles is more expensive than prevention, in the long run. This is especially true if criminals think that they are able to steal multiple trucks from the lot. A bonus to being safer with GPS tracking is that insurance companies may provide discounts to owners, resulting in lower premiums. Keep the company's income where it needs to be and protect assets at the same time with GPS tracking.

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