Whether it’s for the safety of your teen driver, ensuring that your spouse is not cheating, or to simply know where your vehicle is in case it is stolen, it’s essential that you place your tracking device in an inconspicuous area. Once the person finds out that he’s being tracked, your device will be broken and conflict with family may arise because they will think you don’t trust them. To avoid this scenario, know where to hide your tracking device on the vehicle.
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How GPS Tracking Device Works
GPS or global positioning system is a tool that transmits live location information to your computer or mobile phone. The pieces of information you receive in your cellphone are from the 24 satellites that revolve around earth. Triangulation method is used in validating the location of the transmitter before the information is sent to you.
When installing the vehicle tracking device, like Trackimo, it should be positioned in a way that the antenna can detect satellite signal. The tracking device is the same navigation tool you use in finding location while hiking or driving.
How to Choose a GPS Device
Before you buy a GPS device to use for tracking a car, consider the following:
- Choose a GPS tracker that is small in size (standard Trackimo device measures is 39 x 47 x 15 mm) and has a color that will easily blend with the car. The purpose of this is so it can’t be easily noticed by the driver or passenger.
- Look for a GPS tracking device that is motion sensitive. This feature is an energy-saver because the tracker is only active if the vehicle is moving.
- Look for a GPS tracking device with the longest battery life. The average battery life of most tracking devices are 15 hours a week before it needs recharging. Trackimo devices are able to last for up to 96 hours depending on how you use it.
- A tracking device with a magnetic cover is a great choice because it fastens firmly to the vehicle’s metal part you won’t worry about it falling off.
The Importance of Battery Life of a GPS Vehicle Tracker
It is important that your tracking device has a long battery life because the transmission of location information can only continue while the device or its battery is still alive. But sometimes, it’s the way you use the device that affects the longevity of the tracking device.
These are some of the factors that can drain a GPS tracking device’s battery:
- The size—the bigger the device is, the longer is the battery life
- Constant updating of location—if you keep requesting for the location every 5 or 10 minutes, that would burn your device’s power faster than normal. Set up your device so that it has a 20- or 30-minute interval of data transmission to avoid losing power.
- The device’s motion sensor is turned off—make sure that this feature is activated to avoid using battery power when not necessary
Places Inside the Vehicle Where You Can Safely Hide GPS Tracking Units
When hiding your tracking device on the vehicle, you have a lot of location you can choose from. In finding a perfect hiding place for your spying device, it is important that its tiny antenna is not obstructed so it can transmit location information to you.
According to spying activities experts, the following places will make a good hiding place of your GPS tracking device.
1. Inside the dashboard
If you know how to open the dashboard, under it is the recommended place to conceal your GPS transmitter. It’s a good hiding place because the driver can’t easily find it and the device can still pick up satellite signals from there.
2. In the vehicle undercarriage
If your tracker is magnetic, this is also an excellent hiding spot. It can easily stick in anything metallic, but cover it with a waterproof casing to protect it from water, snow, or dirt.
3. In the front or rear plastic bumper
Another ideal place to hide your vehicle tracking device is the plastic bumper because it is removable but the driver doesn’t usually check the bumper’s inside.
4. In the inside of the back brake lights
If you have the skill or know a mechanic that could take off , insert, and replace the light cover, you can place the vehicle tracking device inside. The disadvantage is in case of brake failure, there’s a good chance your tracking device will be discovered.
5. Inside a car seat cushion
Position the device in a way that the cover cushion will not block the signal, then sew it in. It’s a bit challenging, but any person will have a hard time discovering it.
6. Clip it to the sun visors above the front dash on the passenger’s side
Although this is a good position for the device to get excellent satellite transmission, this spot is also at risk of being seen, if the passenger decides to check themselves in the mirror.
When putting the GPS tracking device in the undercarriage of the car, make sure that you place it near the edge so the antenna can still get satellite signal. In this case, the antenna is normally pointing downward.
When concealing the GPS tracker inside or under the front dashboard, see to it that it can still transmit its location correctly because the signal from satellite radio may hinder your device’s transmission.
Make sure also that you don’t hide your tracking device in a place near where the driver usually puts their own GPS-equipped device like cellular phone. The GPS signals of two devices could clash and corrupt the data, or worse, the driver may discover your tracker.
In between seats is not an ideal place to hide your tracking device because it’s the first place people check to look for their missing items. There is also a possibility that the device will be found when the car is at the carwash for cleaning.
Do not hide your tracking device in hot places like the front grill of the car bumper because it might melt, dissolve, or break down.