What Is a Thatcham Tracker?
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In the past few years, it has become extremely common for vehicle insurance providers to stipulate motorists must install an accredited Thatcham Tracker to their vehicle in order to validate their policy.
If this is why you're reading this, and you're wondering, 'what is a Thatcham Tracker?' then don't worry - you're not alone!
Many motorists had never heard of Thatcham Accredited Trackers before their insurers mentioned them.
The good news is that Thatcham Trackers are incredibly effective in both vehicle theft recovery and prevention.
With Trackershop, it's also quick and easy to install your Thatcham Tracker, no matter where you are in the UK. In fact, our mobile engineer will typically be with you within 1-3 working days!
So with this in mind, the question still remains... what is a Thatcham Tracker?
WHAT IS A THATCHAM ACCREDITED TRACKER?
Installing insurance-approved Thatcham Trackers has quickly become a daily task for our mobile engineers.
'Thatcham Research' has been at the forefront of vehicle security classification for decades.
They launched the Thatcham Categories for trackers, alarms, and immobilisers in order to indicate the security effectiveness - helping motorists choose the best option for their vehicle and insurance providers advise on the correct level of security in line with your policy.
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WHY ARE THATCHAM APPROVED TRACKERS IMPORTANT?
Due to how reliable they are against modern theft techniques, Thatcham Accredited Trackers have become the 'go to' security for insurers to insist on.
With a 24/7 control room service linked to the police, a categorised Thatcham Tracker is the very best defence against all modern theft techniques.
The Thatcham Tracker categories are 'S7' and 'S5'.
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WHAT IS A THATCHAM CAT 5 TRACKER?
Thatcham Category 5 is the highest classification when it comes to Thatcham Trackers (and vehicle security in general).
Due to the high level of security - including Driver Recognition - if your insurer has stipulated that you need a CAT 5 Thatcham Tracker, then you are likely to have a high-value vehicle and/or a vehicle that is highly targeted by thieves.
WHAT IS A THATCHAM CAT S7 TRACKER?
WHAT IS A THATCHAM CAT S7 TRACKER?
Thatcham Category 7 is the entry-level classification and is, therefore, the most commonly installed Thatcham Tracker for any road vehicle.
A Thatcham CAT S7 Tracker will be a suitable option in circumstances where insurance providers have stipulated that you need a Thatcham Tracker but has NOT specified an exact category.
IS THATCHAM CAT 7 BETTER THAN CAT 5?
It can be slightly confusing, as it sounds like the CAT 7 Thatcham Tracker should be higher than the CAT 5.
However, it actually works in reverse order.
If you are in need of the highest level Thatcham Tracker then this will be the S5.
If you would like to appease your insurers but are not too worried about achieving the highest level of security then the Thatcham S7 Tracker will be your best option.
HOW DOES A THATCHAM TRACKER WORK?
Thatcham Trackers use real-time GPS location reporting to pinpoint the exact location of your vehicle. This location is communicated to the control room mapping system (and your private tracking app) via GSM. Most Thatcham Trackers will use multi-network SIMs to ensure the best coverage in any area, typically European wide as standard (if not, globally).
CAN I INSTALL MY THATCHAM TRACKER MYSELF?
Quite simply, no you cannot (unless you are a Thatcham accredited engineer of course).
Thatcham trackers must be installed by a qualified engineer in line with the Thatcham criteria for the vehicle.
The good news is you will not have to install your Thatcham Tracker yourself, as our engineers are all fully qualified to install any category Thatcham Tracking Device.
Our engineers are mobile and cover the whole of the UK. We can typically install within 1-3 working days. So why not call our Installs Team now to check availability!