James May’s Stolen Alpine A110 Found And Returned In Informative Example Video
James May’s gorgeous Alpine A110 was taken from The Grand Tour presenter for use in an educational video about how the emergency services are able to track down a stolen car using a tracker. In the video, DriveTribe presenter Mike Fernie accompanies the police and follows the steps they carry out to bring the car back to its rightful home.
Note: This DriveTribe video is sponsored by Tracker, but we are in no way affiliated with DriveTribe or the Tracker company and this sponsorship.
The video begins with an explanation. A tracker is hidden in the car, and if the car is ever stolen, it can be used to find the vehicle. This is what Tracker says:
“Our products use Very High Frequency (VHF) – a Military-grade patented technology which is unique to Tracker. This makes our transmitters resistant to GPS/GSM jamming, helping the police home in on your car where ever it is.
“With 25 years of experience of reuniting car lovers with their stolen vehicles and helping Police catch criminals; we have the perfect combination of unique technology and tracking partner, making our products the perfect solution for protecting what matters to you.”
Fernie travels in an unmarked Ford Galaxy that is decked out with technology to track down and identify a stolen vehicle. On the drop-down visor is a screen that shows the occupants of the car what direction the tracker signal is coming from. It’s really very smart. A marked BMW follows them for support.
They don’t mention how the car thieves trash the vehicle trying to find the tracker unit causing 1000’s of (insert your currency here) worth of damage , breaking trims, cutting wires & the like.
Why go to the trouble of pixelating the registration number of the A110 when the radio call from the dispatcher to the patrol vehicle clearly says what it is!
If you’re located in GB, check out Automatrics “M track” as well. These are impressive systems.
It’s quite a stretch to call that video “informative.” It was basically an (unrealistic) infomercial for the local police and vehicle trackers. Unfortunately, when not on video, most police have NOWHERE NEAR that level of interest in finding stolen vehicles, even if the vehicle is equipped with a tracker.
That’s if the scrotes are not switched on enough to rip the tracker out before they take the car…. As a friend of my dad’s found out… Scooby gone tracker box slung in his flower bed