Most people get a Tracker Fitted for insurance requirements and others get one installed for complete piece of mind. Its great knowing if your pride and joy is taken the vehicle can be tracked down to 6 square meters in the event of it being stolen. A major amount of insurance companies won't insure a prestige vehicle for theft unless it has a Thatcham Cat 6 or Cat 5 device fitted.
The confusion normally comes from an insurance company misinforming a customer on the type of device they need in order to make there insurance happy and with a massive range of tracking devices from Cobra, Meta, Scorpion and Smartrack it can be very confusing when buying a device. Below we have out lined the main differences between the type of approvals.
Thatcham Cat 6 : (Normally fitted to vehicles below the value of £90.000 in value.)
These devices are the most common to be fitted. They are fully Thatcham approved and provide GSM & GPS technology and offer a very fast and effective vehicle recovery. These devices are monitiored 24 hours a day 365 days per year. They have a built in motion and tilt sensor meaning if the vehicle is towed or dragged the tracker will send an alert to head office instantly. The systems measure the battery voltage and if disconnected the system will instantly alert head office also, with an in built battery back up if the thief disconnects the original car battery the tracker will run on its own power supply. Most Thatcham Cat 6 devices offer European coverage as standard. This means if your vehicle is shipped out the country it can still be tracked.
Thatcham Cat 5 : (Normally fitted to prestige vehicles over the value of £90.000.)
The Thatcham Cat 5 really is the highest requirement in vehicle tracking and you simply can't get any better. Offering exactly the same as the Thatcham Cat 6 but more. Tilt, Motion, Battery back up and European cover come as standard but with the addition of ADR cards. ADR means automatic driver recognition, if anyone drives your vehicle other than you the tracker will know instantly and send an alert to head office. In turn they will contact you and ask for your reason on driving the vehicle without an ADR card present. Another great feature of Thatcham Cat 5 is the starter motor immobilisation meaning in the event of a police chase when the vehicle is stopped the vehicle can't be restarted. This method is ultra secure and stops your prestige vehicle being taken. Subscription for these devices are a lot higher than Cat 6.