Legal loophole 'aiding car thieves'

A legal loophole may be making it easier for car thieves to get away with stolen vehicles, a report has warned.

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) points out that while there is a ban on the use of electronic jamming devices, there are no regulations to prevent them from being imported, marketed or owned.

According to the RAE, jamming devices, which block signal transmission between the GPS receiver and the satellite, pose a considerable threat to tracking systems on vehicles.

GPS-dependent trackers are used extensively in vehicles and a whole range of electronic devices including handsets and cameras to help locate misplaced or stolen property.

But the tracking system effectively becomes useless when attacked by jamming devices, which are getting cheaper and easier to buy.

Tracker, the stolen vehicle recovery specialist, has devised a new technology to counter the jammers. Its vehicle tracking system incorporates three different communication channels to inform police of the initial location of a stolen vehicle.

The Tracker system can raise an alert if there is any attempt to jam the communication channel, so the police and owner are aware of the theft instantly.

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