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Van theft has increased by 81% since 2015


DVLA has revealed that over 58,000 vehicles were stolen in the UK in 2022

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Vehicle thefts are costing insurers almost £1.5 billion per year

S7 Thatcham approved tracker


  • Insurance-Approved Tracker
  • 24/7 Monitoring Station
  • Tow & Tamper Alert
  • Mobile App
  • Nationwide Installation
S5 Thatcham approved tracker


  • Insurance-Approved Tracker
  • 24/7 Monitoring Station
  • Tow & Tamper Alert
  • Mobile App
  • Unauthorised driver alert (driver recognition card)
  • Nationwide Installation
S5 Plus Thatcham approved tracker


  • Insurance-Approved Tracker
  • 24/7 Monitoring Station
  • Tow & Tamper Alert
  • Mobile App
  • Unauthorised driver alert (driver card)
  • Immobilisation when driver card not present
  • Nationwide Installation

Improve the security of your vehicles with Thatcham Approved Trackers, request a demo today

Tested to the Highest Thatcham Standards

  • Crystal Ball’s Insurance Approved Trackers have been tested to the highest Thatcham standards.
  • The devices operate using GPS/GLONASS, GPRS and GSM technology. Thanks to an internal battery backup, the device can remain operational even when the vehicle’s power supply is removed. The device also monitors the battery voltage level and ignition status.
  • Ensure your vehicle is protected with 24/7 monitoring for the fastest response times. In the event of a theft, the monitoring station will liaise with the police and provide location data to ensure speedy recovery.  
Tested to the Highest Thatcham Standards

Increase the chance of recovering your stolen vehicle

  • Track your high valuable vehicles through Crystal Ball’s convenient and easy to use mobile app, compatible on iOS & Android
  • Monitor your vehicle’s exact location and historical journeys, plus a whole range of reports.
  • Buy from a trusted & leading tracking provider, with over 15 years experience in the industry.
Increase the chance of recovering your stolen vehicle

Who Can Benefit From a Thatcham-Approved Vehicle Tracker?

Motorhome and Campervan Owners

  • For motorhome and camper van owners, investing in a Thatcham-approved vehicle tracker can be a wise decision. These trackers not only enhance the security of your vehicles but also have the potential to reduce insurance costs.
Motorhome and Campervan Owners

Owners of High-Value Vehicles

  • Individuals possessing high-value vehicles, such as luxury or classic cars, will find Thatcham-approved trackers especially beneficial. These devices not only augment vehicle security but also offer peace of mind, knowing that your prized possession is well-protected. Thatcham research underscores the importance of vehicle security, and these trackers are a testament to that.
Owners of High-Value Vehicles

Upscale Vehicle Rental Businesses

  • Upscale vehicle rental businesses, particularly those dealing with luxury cars, high-end SUVs, or sports cars, can greatly benefit from integrating Thatcham-approved car trackers into their fleets. These trackers not only enhance vehicle security but also instil confidence in customers, ensuring them that the vehicles they rent are monitored and secure.
Upscale Vehicle Rental Businesses

What our clients say

Danielle Coletti

Director, MEC Security

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.

James Sherratt

Fleet Manager, MSL Vehicle Solutions

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.

Steve Potter

Transport Manager, ThyssenKrupp

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.

Thatcham Tracker Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does it mean if a vehicle tracking system is Thatcham-approved?

    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.

  • Which Thatcham tracker is the best choice for me?

    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.

  • What distinguishes S7, S5, and S5+ Thatcham-approved vehicle trackers?

    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.

  • Are Thatcham trackers suitable for entire fleets?

    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.

  • Do Thatcham trackers lead to reduced insurance premiums?

    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.

  • Are driver recognition systems really necessary?

    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!

  • How do I install my insurance-approved vehicle tracker?

    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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