GPS Tracking Systems Can’t Fight GPS Jammers
Some Car Thieves Are Going High-Tech
Car thieves in the United Kingdom have gotten a lot smarter according to law enforcement agencies who have information believing some crooks are using GPS jammers to interfere with GPS tracking systems installed on vehicles that serve as theft-recovery devices.
What these GPS jammers do is run on the same frequency as many vehicle tracking devices and other GPS systems, drowning out the theft-recovery device’s signals. The GPS tracker will then have no ability to determine it’s position, rendering it useless as a prevention measure against auto-theft. When car thieves deploy GPS jammers to interfere with a real-time GPS tracker’s ability to function the victim is unable to locate their stolen vehicle. The vehicle essentially disappears.
The GPS jammers do not only cripple portable tracking devices that can be accessed remotely, but they can also disrupt mobile signals as well. Many people use GPS tracking applications on their cellular phones to assist in their vehicle tracking needs, and these too can be compromised by GPS jammers.
Currently, it is against the law to purchase, own or use a GPS jammer in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.
There have only been a few reported incidents of car thieves using GPS jammers to interfere with a vehicle’s tracking system, with the earliest recorded incident occurring 18 months ago.
People should not be overly concerned with this news, for the increased use of GPS trackers in both the business and consumer world has resulted in a dramatic reduction in the number of reported car theft incidents over the past 15 years.
Source: The Register