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How To Find the Hidden GPS Tracker On Your Vehicle?

May. 14, 2021

Today, many vehicles are equipped with Car Tracker, which use global positioning systems and cellular networks to monitor and report the precise location of the vehicle it is attached to. GPS trackers are popular among fleet and cab companies as well as individual vehicle owners because they help in recovering stolen vehicles and monitoring. Most of these trackers are added by vehicle owners, but it is possible that someone may equip a vehicle with such a device without the owner's knowledge or consent. If you suspect that your vehicle has been fitted with a GPS tracker without your knowledge, there are some simple steps you can take to determine if you have been tracked.

What you need to know about GPS tracking devices

GPS trackers come in all shapes and sizes, some more discreet than others, and they fall into two main categories: Real-Time GPS Trackersand GPS data loggers. Active trackers combine GPS location tracking with real-time data transmission using cellular phone towers. The main advantage of active GPS trackers is that they can be accessed remotely via the Internet. Passive GPS trackers store location data in internal memory that can only be accessed in person. 

Car Tracker

Car Tracker

While installing most modern GPS trackers on a vehicle is a very simple process, finding a hidden GPS tracker is rarely that simple. However, because of how GPS trackers work, there are several places on your vehicle that you should always look if you suspect someone is using a GPS tracker to monitor your location.

Check the exterior

Because the bumper is molded from ABS, it is the best place to put a GPS tracker, so it is the most likely place for a tracker to be hidden. To check behind the bumper, we recommend you use a mirror on an extendable pole while illuminating the area with a flashlight.

If you don't find anything behind either bumper, proceed to check the undercarriage of the vehicle. Keep an eye out for any parts that are obviously cleaner than the rest of the undercarriage. Don't forget to check the wheel wells. Although this is not a recommended location to hide a tracker, it is possible for inexperienced users to place a tracker there.

Finally, check under the hood carefully. Unless you know what you're doing, you're better off not disconnecting anything. That said, pay special attention to any wires connected to the vehicle's battery, as they may lead to the GPS tracker.

Check the interior

The easiest GPS trackers to find are those that plug directly into the OBD data port or 12V cigarette lighter socket behind the dashboard. These will most likely be visible from the cab of the vehicle and do not require any special inspection techniques. If you don't find a GPS tracker in these places, check the rest of the vehicle, including the dashboard, the storage compartment, under the seats, and under the spare tire.

Because the interior plastic trim of most modern cars is very easy to remove and often hides a lot of free space, this is where you're likely to find a hidden GPS tracker. If you don't like the idea of removing half of your car in order to find a small box, you should use an electronic bug sweeper. Electronic bug sweepers can detect the presence of GPS and radio signals and can point you in their direction, helping you find GPS trackers quickly.

When to Seek Professional Help

Some GPS trackers are harder to find than others, but with the right counter-surveillance tools, even the most professional hidden GPS trackers are likely to be found, especially if you know where to look. If you don't find anything but still suspect, it may be a good idea to have the Gps OBD Tracker Manufacturer check the vehicle for a hidden GPS tracker.

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