car-stolen It was 7 in the morning, and Danny Broihier was getting ready to go to work. He left his car running as he ran inside his house for a minute to grab something. But when he came out, his Ford Explorer was gone. Taking into consideration that he was inside for only a minute, and that the car thief couldn’t have got too far away, Danny hopped in his wife’s car and went looking for his stolen car.

Amazingly enough, Danny did find his car just a few minutes later, parked in front of an apartment building, with the car-jacker still behind the wheel. As he saw Danny pull up, the thief left the car and ran into the building.

“I pulled up like a bat out of hell,” Broihier said. “The guy got out and ran inside.”

Thinking he got the thief surrounded and would soon have him behind bars, Danny Broihier called the police. But what happened next he never would have expected…
“They… proceeded to make jokes about the fact that I left my car running,” he said of the Kansas City police in an e-mail. “I mean laughing out loud to each other while I stood there feeling very violated and humiliated.”
When he told the police to go looking for the thief in the apartments, they refused and told him that the people living there were uncooperative in the past and wouldn’t help out this time neither. Thankfully for Danny, he got his car back within minutes of it being stolen, but the worst part of this was seeing how unhelpful the police were, and that they were actually making fun of him for this.
In a situation like this one, both the Car Camera Voyager and a GPS Tracking system would have been invaluable. The Car Camera Voyager could have provided video evidence of the thieves’ identities, and maybe even of how the cops reacted to his story, while a GPS Tracking system could also had helped him to locate the whereabouts of his car immediately.

(Via KansasCity)

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towtrucksSomeone snuck into a Fort Lauderdale towing company’s parking lot in the dead of night. Someone believed they could be reckless, and that they were above the law when they stole two tow trucks. Someone believed that they would never get caught. What these someone’s didn’t understand was that GPS tracking could and would put an end to their hair-brained schemes.

Fort Lauderdale police arrested two men on Saturday for the theft of the tow trucks. Both were equipped with GPS tracking devices, which had been used to track all movement of the tow trucks during the time they were stolen. A number of stolen items, including car rims, were found in the suspects collection of goods. Police did not immediately identify the men.

Jason Parrett, owner of the Fort Lauderdale repossession truck company First Response Towing and Recovery, said the GPS tracking units were crucial in finding the missing wreckers.

“Without it we wouldn’t have found the trucks,” said Parrett, who has all three trucks in his fleet hooked up with GPS technology.

Parrett said that he was alerted by an employee early Saturday that the trucks were missing and reacted to the situation by pulling up their locations on his wife’s BlackBerry, which is linked to their GPS units to give the company maximum oversight.

After GPS maps showed Ford F-450′s in Oakland Park and the Lauderdale Manors section of the city, Parrett’s drivers were able to find one F-450 abandoned in Oakland Park. When the other was located on Northwest 13th Avenue, the driver observed a man taking the wrecker. The truck was followed by the driver and eventually abandoned when the culprit realized he was being followed.

The GPS system’s activity report was so efficient that it basically did all the police’s work for them, showing where the trucks had been, places where they had been parked for extended periods and how fast they had been driven.This information was used to arrest the culprits on the 1700 block of Northwest 13th Avenue, a location listed in the report.

“The detailed activity reports in these are disgustingly accurate,” Parrett said of the system, which cost him $300 to install and $20 a month for airtime for each of his three trucks.

(Via Miami Herald)

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