Van theft has increased by 81% since 2015
DVLA has revealed that over 58,000 vehicles were stolen in the UK in 2022
Vehicle thefts are costing insurers almost £1.5 billion per year
As a customer of Crystal Ball for 10 years we can always rely on their customer service and expertise for our tracking needs. We have used them for a variety of services and are always impressed with their systems, which are also very user friendly. Their Polite and friendly customer service has always made us feel happy to renew our contracts, as well as add new ones throughout the years.
I decided to transfer our fleet over to CB and it's one of the best decisions I have ever made. Their team are superb to deal with, in the current climate with vehicle utilisation being so high I was apprehensive about the task of getting everything switched over, but the team have made this as easy and flexible as possible. The technology they offer is far superior to our previous provider. If you are considering changing your provider, I would certainly recommend speaking to the team at Crystal Ball.
Our main reasons for employing tracking were the traceability issues, keeping an eye on deliveries and the security factors. But Crystal Ball has given us so much more than that. We’ve made savings everywhere, and I wouldn’t want to run this fleet without it now.
A vehicle tracking system being Thatcham-approved means that it meets specific security standards set by Thatcham Research, a respected authority in vehicle security and safety. Thatcham Research is known for its rigorous testing and evaluation of vehicle security products, including tracking systems.
When a vehicle tracking device or system is labelled as Thatcham-approved, it indicates that the product has undergone and passed stringent testing for effectiveness in preventing theft and aiding in the recovery of stolen vehicles. Thatcham organises these systems into different categories, each with its own set of criteria and security features. For instance, categories like S5 and S7 have specific requirements regarding tracking capabilities, automatic driver recognition, and other security features.
In short, the Thatcham security certification is a mark of quality and reliability in the vehicle security industry, assuring consumers that the product adheres to high safety standards and is effective in vehicle protection and theft prevention.
At Crystal Ball, we offer vehicle trackers in three Thatcham categories: S7, S5, and S5 Plus. Each tracking device has its own set of advantages. For those prioritising advanced security measures, the S5 or S5 Plus trackers are recommended. However, if you’re seeking a balance between cost-efficiency and reducing vehicle theft, while also potentially lowering insurance premiums, the S7 Thatcham category tracker is an excellent choice.
While all these models are Thatcham-approved and recognised by insurance providers, the primary distinctions lie in their features. Both the S5 and S5+ trackers come with driver identification tags, which trigger an alert if an unauthorised driver uses the vehicle. The S5+ model goes a step further with a remote immobilisation feature that activates when the driver card is not present, preventing unauthorised use.
Although Thatcham-approved trackers can be used across fleets, we suggest considering FleetTracker for a comprehensive solution. This advanced vehicle tracking system offers real-time GPS tracking, geofencing, route optimization, and additional features like driver behaviour analysis and remote immobilisation. FleetTracker is an effective tool for fleet managers seeking robust vehicle management.
Yes, installing an insurance-approved recognised vehicle tracker can lead to lower insurance premiums, which makes them popular among individuals and businesses with high-value vehicles.
hese trackers are recognised for improving vehicle safety and security, which insurance companies value. The extent of the insurance premium discount often depends on the type of Thatcham tracker installed and the specific insurance provider. In fact, installing a Thatcham-approved tracking system can lead to some of the lowest priced insurance offerings available in the market, especially from sellers who recognise the added value of such advanced security measures.
It depends on how concerned you are about vehicle crime. The incorporation of a driver identification tag into the S5 and S5+ tracking systems adds an extra level of security. For the Category S5 tracker, the automatic driver recognition (ADR) system will send an instant alert if someone other than the authorised driver tries to operate the vehicle. In the case of the S5+, anyone trying to drive the vehicle who is not on the approved drivers list will not even be able to start the ignition due to the immobilisation feature.
While driver recognition systems meet the highest safety standards, don’t worry if these Thatcham-approved vehicle trackers are not within your budget. For a more cost-effective option, the S7 Thatcham-approved tracker does not have the automatic driver recognition feature but still offers robust security and tracking systems. It’s a best seller for a reason!
Don’t worry about installation – as a Thatcham-approved installer we’re able to install the tracking device for you, no matter where you are in the country! Just get in touch with our team and we’ll happily organise your installation date.
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