When it comes to installing a tracking device, tracker fitting should be a top priority. For many, it's not even a consideration, but taking the time to decide where best to install a vehicle tracker is vital.
Fleetmatics expert Derek Ryan explains how tracker installation works in the video below:
Vehicle Tracking Device Installation
Exactly where a GPS tracking device should be installed depends on a few elements. Discretion can be a major factor, so your first consideration should be the size of the tracker.
Interference from other equipment might also be an issue. So, position the tracker away from other electronic devices and perform some tests before installing.
Where in my car should I install my Tracking Device?
Advanced technology means that trackers have become smaller so they're likely to fit comfortably anywhere. These are the most popular places to install GPS Tracking Devices:
- Under a car seat
- In the boot
- Behind the radiator
- Under the car
- In the glove compartment
As mentioned above, discretion can be an important installation factor - not only for your business, but for security. You should ensure the tracking device cannot be easily seen or removed in order to prevent theft.
An under-car GPS tracker is a popular solution for this. But any external fitting needs to be weather-proof and hardy to work properly. In this case you could consider getting a special anti-theft device or covert tracker installed. Placing the vehicle tracker under a seat is probably the most popular option but as such it can be easily discovered.
Another aspect to consider with vehicle tracker installation is ease of access. Often the batteries in the device will need replacing every few months, so don't have it locked away in an inaccessible position.
How to install car tracking devices
Follow the manufacturer's instructions
Following the manufacturer’s instructions in full is the best way to avoid any issues when you install GPS tracking devices.
Ensure you have all the parts before you start. Taking time to make a full inventory can save a lot of time and frustration.
Fitting a tracker is usually a very simple process. The main priority should be to make sure wires aren't pinched and cannot be damaged by closing doors.
Although simple, vehicle tracking device installation can be best left to the experts. The importance of full security coverage can outweigh the costs of professional installation. Larger fleets might be able to get a discount for bulk work and many suppliers offer installation services as standard.
Benefits of professional vehicle tracker installation
When a company invests in a proper security system, the risks of theft decrease. Even if your vehicle with a tracker is stolen, the chances are it will be tracked and recovered intact. Another advantage is the reduction of insurance costs. For large fleets, it can save a significant amount of money in the long run.
Companies that cut corners in this area often pay the price. So implementing sound security measures, including proper vehicle tracker installation, is highly recommended by both the industry and police.
The tracking device market is a competitive one. With so many suppliers offering a variety of different devices, it's hard to decide on a product. Offers that might suit larger companies are rarely the same ones that suit smaller ones.
By filling in this short form, you can filter out those devices that are not right for your business’s size, scope and budget. Fleet security has so many benefits, so take advantage of our free quote system to find the best deal for you.