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Tracker’s Mesh Network helps police clamp down on car theft

The Metropolitan Police have made a series of recoveries with the help of Tracker’s recently launched Mesh Network, which uses other vehicles already fitted with Tracker Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) units to identify stolen vehicles as they drive by.

Utilising the Mesh Network, the Met Police recently recovered a stolen Porsche and made an arrest.

The victim, based in North London reported the theft of their Porsche to the Met Police, who then made a request to activate the vehicle’s Tracker unit.

The police were investigating the theft of high value vehicles in and around the London area and they suspected that the Porsche had been taken by the same criminal gang.

Stuart Chapman, police relationships manager at Tracker, said: “Tracker’s Mesh Network picked up twelve Mesh signals, each leading the police closer and closer to the thieves, and eventually to an arrest.”

The Mesh Network acts as a listening device. When a vehicle fitted with Tracker Locate or Tracker Plant passes any Tracker SVR-equipped vehicle that has been reported stolen, it automatically sends a signal to Tracker providing the location of the stolen asset – even if it is hidden in a garage, container or underground car park.

Both drivers are completely unaware that the stolen vehicle has been identified by Tracker’s Mesh Network.

Tracker’s Mesh Network also helped Met Police recover a stolen BMW 635d Sport, which was stolen from the victim’s home one night in May.

Once the car was reported as stolen and the unit was activated, police quickly picked up the Tracker signal in the Greater London area.

Hot on the heels of the criminals, the first Tracker Mesh Network signal was picked up in just 35 minutes, with further signals leading the police from the north to the south of the river Thames, where the vehicle was located.

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