Thieves Stopped In Their Track With New RAC Trackstar 5

RAC Trackstar, a leading GPS based stolen vehicle tracking provider, is launching its Category 5 stolen vehicle tracking system, RAC Trackstar 5.

RAC Trackstar 5 is an advanced stolen vehicle tracking system that combats the risk of vehicles being stolen following the theft of the vehicle's keys. This incorporates a Driver Authentication Device, so that unauthorised drivers are automatically detected, should they attempt to drive the vehicle.

Driver Authentication is increasingly becoming necessary as car security systems get more sophisticated, forcing criminals to resort to first stealing the keys in order to take the car. Statistics from the British Crime Survey show that over 50 per cent of cars under six years old, are now being stolen as a result of the thief having the car's keys.

If a vehicle is moved without the RAC Trackstar 5 Driver Authentication Device, a silent alert is sent to Trackstar's Secure Control Centre and the tracking is immediately activated. The Control Centre liases direct with police authorities across the UK and Europe, providing them with the speed, location and direction of the stolen vehicle.

RAC Trackstar 5 is fully accredited by Thatcham, the UK's insurance industry body, as a Category 5 stolen vehicle tracking system. This means that the product meets set standards in its hardware, functionality and all of its processes. Not only that but RAC Trackstar 5's installation engineers also have to be independently vetted and registered so that they are qualified to fit covert security systems.

Pat Gallagher, Director of In-Vehicle Products, comments:

"As motor manufacturers have made their vehicles ever more secure, car thieves have increasingly resorted to stealing the keys in order to take the car. RAC Trackstar 5 addresses this issue by incorporating a separate Driver Authentication Device, so that the system is aware that the car is being driven by an unauthorised driver - even if they have the vehicle keys."

RAC Trackstar 5 can be fitted to cars, light commercial vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, plant, powered two wheelers and motor caravans.

RAC Trackstar 5 costs £699 including VAT and installation, plus an annual subscription to the 24 hour tracking service of £149. Optional European tracking cover costs £30 per annum.

9 April 2006 Staff

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