Install a GPS device to track your car in case it goes missing. If you act quickly, there’s a much greater chance of catching the thief and recovering your car unscathed. These devices are generally easy to install yourself – just plug the tracker into the car’s OBD-II port or outlet, and follow along with its whereabouts using a smartphone app. However, you’ll usually have to pay for a data plan or monthly subscription to support the GPS features.
Some car insurance companies also offer telematics (devices that track your driving habits) to offer discounts for safe driving and low mileage. Telematics devices have essentially the same capabilities as GPS trackers, so look into usage-based car insurance plans if you’d like to opt in to everything at once.
> Vyncs GPS Tracker, includes a 30-day trial period, one year of service and optional upgrades for roadside assistance
> Vivint Car Guard, which extends smart home security to your automobile. This all-in-one device features GPS tracking, car diagnostics, tamper alerts and integration with other Vivint products.
> Metromile, a pay-per-mile auto insurance company, utilizes the Metromile Pulse telematics device to power its business model. According to a company spokesperson, it’s proven quite handy in theft cases as well: Metromile maintains a stolen vehicle recovery rate of 94%.