Where To Place A GPS Tracker
Maximize your tracker's effectiveness with perfect placement based on what you need to track.
Location is Everything
When it comes to locating a missing person or object, a global positioning system (GPS) can display tracking information with unparalleled accuracy. Instead of spending several hours or days looking for something or someone, you can simply activate your GPS tracker and receive real-time location data. The only difficult part of using one of these systems is determining where to place your tracker in order to ensure a quick recovery.
Tracking the Movements of a Person
As a parent, your most valuable assets are your children. It is vital that you protect them from harm, since they're mostly unable to properly fend for themselves. Placing a GPS tracker on the child can give you immediate access to their location. The first three hours after a person goes missing are the most crucial, and with GPS you can instantly identify his or her location for a more expedient recovery.
Given how essential a tracker is, where is the most effective location to place it to ensure not only child safety, but also to minimize the device going missing?
In a Backpack or Bag: Some trackers are small enough to fit in most pockets of a backpack or bag; these can easily be concealed using various other items.
Hollowed-Out Book: An old book that is no longer necessary can be converted to store a GPS device; this works surprisingly well for concealment of the unit.
Bicycle Pack: If your child rides a bike to school on a regular basis, installing a bike-pack and placing a GPS tracker within it can be extraordinarily effective.
Pinned to Clothing: Smaller tracking units are designed to clasp onto the child's clothing or belt. These much smaller units are ideal if your family is visiting an amusement park or other outdoor public forum.
Caring for the elderly can be a full-time job. If you have a loved one suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's disease or another debilitating mental illness, the use of a GPS unit could save you a great deal of stress. It's not uncommon for an elderly person to go missing as a result of these illnesses. A GPS tracker is the perfect tool for tracking down a wandering case, cutting search and rescue time by crucial hours.
Locations to place a GPS tracking device in this situation could include:
Purse or Bag: Many GPS units can easily fit inside a purse or bag that the individual feels comfortable carrying.
Vehicles: There are many ways that you can attach a tracking device to an elderly person's vehicle. This could be anything from an actual installable unit to small handheld devices that can be hidden from view.
Wheelchairs: Smaller units can be easily attached to a wheelchair, whether it is strapped to the framework itself or hidden within a bag, pack, or other pocket that may be sewn into the seat. With a bit of sewing work and self-adhesive straps, you could even attach a small GPS tracker under the actual seat of the chair.
Where to Place GPS Tracking Units Within a Vehicle
Thousands of stolen vehicles have been recovered thanks to the use of GPS location technology. Hardwired real-time trackers allow you to check in on your vehicle's location without worrying about battery life, and battery-powered devices are smaller and portable. Both types of devices help you and police track your missing vehicle with ease.
The question remains, however: where can you install the GPS tracker for a car that isn't an obvious location?
Under the Vehicle: When using a battery-powered GPS tracker, you have the option of a weatherproof metal case specifically designed for installation underneath the vehicle. Make sure you mount the case close to the edge, with the antenna pointing down.
On the Dash or Rear Shelf: When mounting a battery-powered tracker, a clear line to the sky is the most important consideration. If you're not concerned about the tracker being hidden, the dashboard or the read shelf are perfect tracker locations, offering the best results. If you mount the tracker on the dash, make sure it's a few inches away from any other location-based devices to avoid interference.
Inside the Dash: If you're looking for covert tracking, a hardwired tracker may be the solution for you. They're perfect for hidden tracking, because they're installed within the dash, much like a car stereo. And, since they're powered by the vehicle, you don't have to worry about retrieving the tracker to charge it.
Within the Seats: If you're feeling ambitious enough, you can pop the seams of any seat within the automobile and install the device within the seat itself. Once you have re-sown the material together, it could be completely hidden from view. An area along the sides or under the cushioning material may be excellent places as it will be more difficult to feel the presence of the GPS tracker. This tracker positioning may cause some unreliability with location results; but, if you're looking to keep a battery powered tracker hidden, few will suspect looking within the seat.
Other Uses of GPS Devices for Protecting Valuables
It's not uncommon for someone to lose a laptop bag at an airport or other public venue. Placing a small GPS unit within its pockets can help you quickly recover the item should you realize it has been taken; a tracking device sewn into the side of the bag is even less noticeable. While it may take you an hour of time to sew the covering in place, it's better than losing an expensive laptop and/or tablet. If you do sew the tracker in, however, make sure it can be easily accessed (through a velcro flap, for example); you'll need to charge the tracker at some point.
Some briefcases can be refitted to house a small compartment for a GPS tracker. As mentioned above, you could also include a hollowed-out book to house the unit itself within the briefcase. If your case has a deep pocket, sewing the locator into the bottom of that pocket could keep the device from being obvious. The larger and more elaborate the briefcase is, the easier it will be to install and hide the GPS unit.
Through a mobile-friendly website accessed from your smartphone, you can locate a person or car within moments. Instead of waiting for local law enforcement to happen across your vehicle, a GPS tracker for a car can provide you with real-time information about its location. In fact, you can be sent a text message the instant the automobile crosses a predetermined location threshold. This could also be useful if you want to make sure your teenage driver is traveling to and from destinations without taking detours.
As always, the experts at BrickHouse are here to help with any advice you may need about GPS tracker placement and more. Call us at (800) 654-7966 for help placing your device.
Published July 14th, 2014