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Fleet Management Firms Creating More Versatile GPS Tracking

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When Burlington, WA firm Interwest Construction Inc. realized one of their trucks had been stolen, they immediately activated the company’s in-vehicle fleet GPS tracking system. According to news reports on the incident, police were able to successfully recover the stolen vehicle in less than 24 hours. This result is not rare. Since gas prices skyrocketed in 2008 (and possibly well before), companies have been focusing on fleet management to reduce fuel costs. But new technology is providing an added security benefit to companies looking to prevent vehicle theft.

According to US Census data, vehicle thefts held steady at between 1 and 1.2 million between 2000 and 2007. But in 2008, studies saw vehicle thefts drop below 1 million for the first time in two decades. These numbers are not lost on the creators of GPS tracking devices. A new report, released this month by trading information firm Global Sources, shows that GPS tracking companies are working on making these systems more versatile to accommodate a growing customer base.

While vehicle tracking systems have existed in some form for years, new systems are designed to record mileage and give companies an online map of a vehicle's exact location. In addition to new software, companies are working to create devices that can be installed in every vehicle in the fleet. New innovations include systems for cement trucks and even motorcycles and scooters.

A car is stolen every 26 seconds in America, according to The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Nearly half of these stolen vehicles are never recovered, and are commonly scrapped for parts or smuggled to another country. In order to prevent these crimes, the NICB recommends that all fleet vehicles be outfitted with GPS tracking devices to make recovering a stolen vehicle as easy as logging into a website or firing up a software program. As the numbers show, thieves are already thinking twice about stealing a car and further innovations will only prevent more thefts as technology catches up with the speed of fleet management.

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