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How I helped track thieves who stole my £74,000 Merc: Should YOU get device that led police to criminals in minutes?

When Claire Totman was woken at 3am by the sound of thieves starting the engine of her £74,000 Mercedes GLS in her driveway she did not he...

When Claire Totman was woken at 3am by the sound of thieves starting the engine of her £74,000 Mercedes GLS in her driveway she did not hesitate to act.
Within moments the car had disappeared. She immediately phoned the tracking firm which had installed a high-tech device in her vehicle and then the police.
Fortunately for Claire police were patrolling the area and 12 minutes later the thieves were intercepted and her car was then returned.
Alert: Claire Totman’s stolen Mercedes GLS was quickly recovered
Alert: Claire Totman's stolen Mercedes GLS was quickly recovered
The full-time foster carer from Epping in Essex is among a growing number of victims of modern keyless car theft who are fighting back using trackers that alert the police if a car is stolen.  
The gadgets rely on a global positioning system – GPS – to pinpoint the exact location of a vehicle. 
But unlike a traditional Satnav device, or a black box that monitors how a vehicle is being driven, the tracker is designed to catch criminals. 

As part of the service a security firm is alerted when a car is stolen and can relay movements to the police if given your permission.
The technology is growing in importance as car thefts soar – up 10 per cent last year to 110,000, according to the Home Office. Most new cars are stolen using 'relay' gadgets. 
This is where keyless cars are hacked with a wi-fi reader that picks up signals from a fob in the home to open the door of the vehicle and then turn on the engine to drive off.
Claire Totman says: 'There have been a lot of cars stolen in my area recently – Mercedes and Range Rovers seem to be top of the list. 
It would have been an nightmare had the thieves succeeded as vehicles get stolen to order and never seen again.'
The 61-year-old pays £149 a year for tracker monitoring after having it installed for £300 last year by Global Telemetrics. 
Since the theft she has also invested £15 in a 'Faraday' purse to stop signals from her keys being picked up from outside the home to thwart vehicle thieves. 
These bags have a metal-lined fabric that blocks the signal.
Among the tracker companies offering versions with 24-hour support and police-approved fitting are Scorpion Automotive, Tracking My Car, as well as Global Telemetrics and its sister firm SmarTrack.
The providers rarely do the fitting themselves but recommend a local dealer who will install a tracker as part of the single upfront cost for the device. 
The technology usually includes an app that enables motorists to keep tabs on a car on their smartphone. 
A separate subscription fee is paid for 24-monitoring where firms alert you if there is suspicious activity, such as signs the tracker has been tampered with.

Gavin Hennessy, operations manager at Global Telemetrics in Coalville, Leicestershire, warns against buying a tracker on the internet. 
He recommends using a specialist with a 'Thatcham Research' rating. 
This is a standard developed by a security organisation recognised by the insurance industry.
Trackers can lower premiums by as much as 10 per cent, but the cost of the device and monitoring usually more than cancel out this saving.
Hennessy says: 'Use a security expert and you might pay between £300 and £500 for a good quality tracker including installation. 
'Part of the installer's skill is that they do not have to stick them in a standard place – making it harder for thieves to get at. 
'As soon as a thief tampers with a battery to disable a tracker we are alerted and immediately contact the car owner. 
'With services such as ours there is always someone on duty to take your calls.'
On top of the installation cost Global Telemetrics – as with others – offers a range of regular payment options to monitor the tracker. 
For example, a tracker might cost £12.50 a month – or £150 a year to maintain. Alternatively, pay a one off cost of maybe £400 at the time of purchase.
Although security firms can monitor the location of a vehicle they will only be able to support the police if you have a crime number – so make sure to contact the police if you become a victim. 


  1. If you've got $74K to squander on a lemon of a car....then you've got more $$$ to squander on a device to recover it..... no brains...too much money....

  2. I DREAM of a garage,climate controlled with a fine TESLA in it, and all I get is an dirty old oak tree ,with no leaves/shad yet , go figure Mexican wash their pikups in the river.
    how low can you go?
    ps It is an art form today to be a longlived WINO, most can only manage a gourmet meth trip.
    “fellow-passengers to the grave,”
    and being SHUNNED for it in silly places of Prohibition is an EASTER and Earthday 4/20 BLESSING because you don't have to be harassed by bs .
    happy easter.

  3. Went by the Canadian shoplifter's pond and they were all gone....raised their kids and flew away until next year!!!

  4. old film bags ,lead lined work, they know how to hack into the car now so they know to smash the gps antenna or bag it as well install a secret second gps antenna.
    perhaps an anti personnel device inside the steering wheel,or a air bag emergency button might dissuade these thieves,grand theft auto, will be allowed now same a shoplifting?

  5. Better hope that Tesla is in a detached garage

  6. what kind of idiot pays £74,000 for a car.

  7. How about a simple hidden kill switch?

  8. Happy Earth Day to you's the only holiday I celebrate..... So where can I get one of those gourmet meth trips? Sounds fun..... I did LSD once a long time ago and had a wonderful trip....I could actually SEE was all different colors in the air....weird experience....but fun.

    I have my 2 old cars out in my driveway and all I get are the leaves every fall and the berries and trash from a few big old maple trees all over them...and flying goose shit in the spring and fall!!!

  9. I dont have a clew on meth freeks they seem like skinney toothless burned out assholes to me.
    lots of tats and bad manners.
    they say mushrooms can do mental flossing I cant say ,I never did any of it.
    I can say Never move to an Anglo place with no ALAMO these sad days.
    did ya see the gee men at nasty nasa today, shot down another space x spaceship ?
    sorry losers at the goygov.


    May I suggest putting your car in a garage with a burglar alarm? Not you Boo, honey....the stupid Brit.

  11. ps: the Bald Eagles are here now,flying over the house,have seen 4 so far this year, close up, pretty magnificent.

  12. yep a solar powered one ,with a faraday cage ,or park it in a steel shipping container in case of a emp attack,the ones in Portugal are driving past the gas station lines now,with their gas shortage.
    I wish I had one back in the 70's ,when the gas lines where insane.
    If you park one in the secure underground parking with a solar charger in the trunk it could be ready when you are.
    On the other hand I always wanted to live someplace civilized where you never need a car.

  13. We saw a LOT of hawks flying Saturday all over this area....and one vulture on the road eating a snack!!!! The hawks were out in force least 20 in their air at once in several areas.... We don't have any bald Eagles sadly around here....