How To Tell If Your Car Is Being Tracked
Businesses are using GPS tracking devices. Government agencies and law enforcement groups are using hidden GPS trackers for the car. And last but not least, people who believe a wife or husband might be cheating are using spy tracking devices. Basically, hidden GPS trackers are making their mark on the world every day for a diverse number of applications from personal safety to surveillance. Although the great majority of people using GPS vehicle tracking devices do so in a positive and law-abiding fashion, some people use personal trackers for more sinister purposes such as stalking. With so many people fearing they could be a victim of digital stalking and surveillance, let this article provide information for anyone who is wondering how to detect a GPS tracking device in a car.
What Is a GPS Tracker
There are a variety of individuals interested in GPS vehicle tracker technology from applications ranging from fleet management, theft recovery, personal monitoring, personal safety and more. Some people have an extensive understanding of satellite and cellular technologies, while others have very limited knowledge about what a tracking device is and how it works. Often times people feel embarrassed about asking simple questions when it comes to technological products, but before discussing information on how to tell if a car is being bugged it is important to know:
“What is a GPS tracking device?”
GPS tracking device refers to a GPS receiver that captures low-level radio signals being transmitted from the network of a satellites orbiting the Earth. The GPS receiver is able to calculate stops made, driver speeds, altitude, time en route, time departed and a variety of other geo-locational data from the information obtained from the satellite signals. The GPS tracker will then either store the information to internal memory (passive technology), or transmit the data over a wireless network to server where it can be viewed remotely (real-time or active). GPS tracking devices are commonly used among parents seeking a way to access driving data about their newly licensed teen drivers to make sure they are driving a safe speed or not visiting locations deemed unsafe, businesses who want to manage a fleet of vehicles for fuel efficiency and productivity or any automotive, boat or heavy equipment owner seeking to safeguard their assets.
The list of users for GPS tracking device technology is long and continues to grow as the systems are now even being used in nursing homes to monitor wandering seniors, tracking adventurous routes by outdoor enthusiasts or surveillance among police agencies looking to track a potential criminal suspect. However, the same technology used for positive applications can be used maliciously by stalkers or people trying to determine if a spouse is cheating.
What To Look For If Your Car Is Bugged
Stalking is a topic that is very serious in nature, and therefore any person who believes they may be a victim of stalking should seek help from their local law enforcement agency immediately! With that being said, there are some simple ways people can take to determine if their car is bugged with a hidden GPS tracker. First of all, it is vital to understand that GPS trackers do not work or operate all in the same way. For example, some GPS vehicle trackers are hard-wired, whereas others are used as portable devices. Some tracking devices are data loggers, while others offer real-time access to driver activity. If a person suspects that a GPS tracker could be hard-wired to their automobile then the first place they should check is the OBD II port, a popular location for tracking devices to be installed in a car. If nothing is connected to this diagnostic port then it could mean the person who hid the tracker could have had the device installed professionally, which means the GPS tracker could be inside the dash, under the steering column or somewhere not visible to the naked eye. Therefore, anyone who believes their car is bugged should have a professional auto mechanic or installer look inside these locations. Although some stalkers could hard-wire a GPS device to a car the reality is most people who invest in hidden GPS trackers purchase GPS data loggers because they are more easily hidden. Therefore, a stalker could bug a car in any number of covert locations such as:
- Under the car
- Inside the side pouch of a door
- Hidden under papers in the glove box or beneath a seat
(To view additional placement options please view the image associated with this article outlining placement locations to help guide you to scan your car for a tracking device).
Those who believe the vehicle could be bugged with a hidden GPS tracker or are being stalked should contact local law enforcement immediately. Stalking is a criminal offense and although this article is meant to provide people with information about where a GPS vehicle tracking device could be hidden, the best thing a person can do is contact the police to deal with any potential stalking issues.
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