Do GPS vehicle trackers work in Mexico?
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Many people who are not experienced traveling in Mexico often suggest that bringing anything other than a 15 year old beater into Mexico is an open invitation to theft. To address these fears, both at home and abroad, many vehicle owners purchase GPS tracking systems that are either temporarily or permanently installed in or on the vehicle.
Though the technology and functionality are quite different, it’s become a common term to LoJack a vehicle.
Looking at today’s options, there are several GPS tracker options that are available for consumers. Some have their own 2-week battery source. Others can be wired into the car’s power. Motorcycles and even high dollar tools can also be outfitted with GPS tracking devices.
These GPS trackers typically rely on GSM mobile services to guide the owner to the vehicle. This means they need to tap into the local cellular data network. If you have your device set to broadcast the location every minute then you may incur significant data charges by foreign carriers or non network carriers. These are permanently wired in and can help locate a car that’s been stolen or simply keep track of your teenager and where they travel to.
The XT-2150 Hardwired Real-Time GPS Tracker for Cars is among best options available for wired GPS trackers that constantly receive power from the vehicle.
For more temporary applications, the STI_GL300 is a top rated device that runs exclusively on its internal battery. These are self-contained and last about two weeks until the battery needs replacement. Modern crime stories often refer to these in tracking a suspect’s car.
A few, more rare and expensive trackers only use satellite to track the vehicle but they require a line of sight to the sky. The easiest and probably most affordable to use is the Spot Trace. It communicates solely via sattelite and has many features to both alert you of your vehicle’s movement as well as tracking it on your smartphone or computer.
The larger question one truly has to answer is, “How likely is my car to be stolen?” In the USA, there is definitive evidence that vehicle theft is on the rise. The same as in Mexico. This is especially true in the big cities. Motorcycle theft in big cities is spiking off the charts.
While traveling in Mexico, many first-time travelers worry about their vehicles being stolen. The reality may surprise most people. In Mexico, US plated vehicles are typically more likely to be stolen than they are in one’s home country.
Having said this, one counter argument sometimes brought up by locals is that vehicle models often different between the countries, i.e. if Juan all of a sudden shows up with a late model BMW sedan, everyone in town is going to know it’s stolen and police, especially when prompted with a small cash reward, will be quick to recover it.
Simply buying quality Mexican Insurance Store policies, from A+ rated carriers like Ace Seguros, Mapfre, or HDI will ensure you are protected in any eventuality. Pick up Mexican insurance before taking off!
Story and Photos by Jim Foreman