Three Vehicle Tracker Categories
Insurance approved vehicle tracker systems fall into two categories, these are S7 or S5 Vehicle Tracker. If your insurance company has asked you to fit a S5 or S5+ vehicle tracker there will be little point negotiating for the much cheaper S7. S5 and S5+ trackers are often an insurance requirement for high value, high performance, new cars. In these cases it is usually impossible to get insurance without an S5 or S5+ system installed and monitored. So with over a £500 price difference, just what is the difference between the S7 the S5 and the S5+ tracker?
S7, S5 or S5+ Vehicle Tracker
- Monitored 24 hours a day 365 days a year
- Can be tracked when stolen
- Use GPS Tracking
- Thatcham Approved
- Battery disconnect/low level alert – you will receive a call if your battery is disconnected
- Motion sensor alert
- Fully transferable
- Require annual subscription
S5 & S5+ Highest specification: provides the greatest level of security and recoverability, level 1 police response (immediate response)
S7 Lower specification: lower level police response
S5+ Remote immobilisation: S5+ can not only track the whereabouts of a stolen vehicle, but has the ability to immobilise the car remotely.
S5 No remote immobilisation
S7 No remote immobilisation
S5 Protects against key theft: the owner must carry a small transponder unit the size of a credit card separately to the car keys, for example in a wallet. If the car is started with the keys but the transponder isn’t present the system with know the car has been stolen and will alert the operations centre which in turn will alert the police and owner.
S7 No protection against key theft* you have to alert the service centre when you notice the theft.
S5 & S5+ Expensive to fit and higher annual subscriptions
S7 Cheaper to fit and lower subscriptions
* you can upgrade a basic SmarTrack Protector Pro Global tracker with a DRST card. This card has a touchpad covertly located inside the vehicle. If the vehicle is moved without the pad being touched by the DRST card the service centre will be alerted. So if someone steals your keys and they don’t have the DRST card the service centre will be alerted.
So, if you want high level police response, key protection and the ability to immobilise your vehicle remotely the S5+ vehicle tracker is for you. If you want to go in the middle and skip the remote immobilisation choose S5.
If you want a more basic tracker but still with very effective vehicle retrieval results choose the S7.
Remember – The quicker the theft is reported, the more likely you are to retrieve your vehicle.
If you would like more general info about vehicle trackers go to our blog Vehicle Tracking FAQ or to our Vehicle Tracking page, or call us in the office on 01446 334005 and we’ll do our very best to help you find the best tracker for your vehicle.