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Holiday Break-ins – Be Protected!

You’ve probably noticed that every year around the holidays, the media is warning holiday shoppers of car break-ins. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) vehicle burglaries tend to increase around the holidays.  So do vehicle thefts, with New Year’s Day ranked at the top for number of car thefts.  

Here are some things you can do to stay vigilant while at the mall and other shopping areas checking off everyone on your shopping list:

  1. Make sure your car doors are locked
  2. If you are making multiple stops on your shopping excursion, make sure the purchases you have placed in your car, and any other valuables, are out of sight
  3. Park in a well-lit spot
  4. Install the 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System in your vehicle

With the 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System, if there is unauthorized movement in your vehicle or a pre-installed vehicle alarm goes off, you will be alerted instantly. Within seconds you can connect to the 911 operator closest to your vehicle and share the GPS location, speed, and direction your vehicle is traveling. No call center is used – saving you time and money.  No other anti-theft system can do this!

The 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System also makes an excellent holiday gift for family and friends!

For more information call us at 877-744-3361.

Stay safe on Halloween & mischief night

Halloween is such an exciting time for kids and families. But it, along with mischief night, can also be a bit dangerous. Follow these tips to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your possessions safe.

Mischief Night is typically a time for pranksters to have some generally harmless fun. Occasionally though, vandals use this time to cause destruction to your vehicle. Now is the time to take some precautions to protect your car.

-If you have a garage, be sure to park your vehicle in it. Although pranks usually just involve egging the car or putting crisco on the door handles, these things can damage the vehicle’s paint.

-Be sure to keep the lights inside and outside your home on. This may deter pranksters and vandals since it implies someone is home and watching.

-Keep valuables safe in your home. It is never a good idea to leave things like wallets, purses, and electronic devices in your car.

-Take a look at your insurance policy and check your coverage. If a vandal gets really destructive and decides to spray paint your vehicle, comprehensive car insurance will protect you.

-Install a T3 tracker on your vehicle in case someone gets very bold and decides to take your car for a ride. With this device, you will be alerted the moment your vehicle makes an unauthorized movement or a pre-installed vehicle alarm goes off. The alert will show you the GPS location, speed, and direction your vehicle is traveling. You can then easily connect to the 911 operator closest to the vehicle allowing you to speak directly to the police within seconds.

On Halloween there are lots of people out and about, both on foot, and in vehicles. Here are some ways to keep yourself, and those around you, safe.

For those driving-

-Be careful, and pay close attention, especially between 4pm and 8pm when trick-or-treaters are out in full force.

-Drive slowly in residential neighborhoods, possibly even slower than usual in case children dash out into the road.

-Be extra aware of traffic signs and speed limits.

-Watch closely for children crossing the street. In all of the excitement, they may come out from in between cars and not use crosswalks.

-Keep your headlights on, even during daylight hours so that your vehicle is highly visible.

For those walking-

-Teach your children how to safely cross streets by using crosswalks, not walking out between cars, and making sure they’re visible to drivers before they cross.

-Take flashlights to make yourselves more visible. You can also put reflective tape on costumes or put glow stick necklaces and bracelets on the kids.

Don’t let the implications of mischief night or Halloween scare you. Enjoy the time with your family, but stay alert and aware of your surroundings. For more information on the T3 and how to protect your vehicle visit our website, https://www.911tracker.com/.

Halloween Road Trip Destinations

The Fall is a beautiful time to take a road trip, and with Halloween just around the corner, why not combine them? There are hundreds of Halloween inspired events happening all over the country this month, but it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth the trip. Here are our top choices for Halloween road trip destinations.

-Eastern State Penitentiary, Terror Behind The Walls

Eastern State is not only one of the country’s most historic prisons, it is also one of the most haunted. It was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but today its ruins offer a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and guard towers. While in operation, it housed some of the most notorious criminals. Now it’s a museum by day, and America’s largest haunted house by night. https://www.easternstate.org/

 

-West Hollywood Halloween Carnival

The self-proclaimed “largest Halloween street party in the world,” rivals New York’s Village parade in terms of eccentricity. There is entertainment in the form of stage performers and of course, people watching. The Carnival is located on Santa Monica Blvd. between Doheny Dr. and La Cienega Blvd. from 6pm-11pm on Halloween. https://www.visitwesthollywood.com/halloween-carnaval/

 

-Salem, Massachusetts

Salem is known for the witch trials that took place in the late 1600’s, resulting in a number of innocent people being executed on charges of witchcraft. The town pays tribute its storied history all year, but come Halloween time, there’s nowhere else like it. There are haunted houses, special events at the Witch Museum, the House of Seven Gables, and the Witch House, along with street performers, parades, and costume balls. https://hauntedhappenings.org/

 

-Sleepy Hollow, NY/Village Halloween Parade

Sleepy Hollow is considered by many to be one of the most haunted places in the world, so it is definitely a perfect place to visit around Halloween. They have cemetery tours, haunted hayrides, festivals, the Great Jackolantern Blaze, and more. Maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of the headless horseman searching for his replacement head.

http://visitsleepyhollow.com/halloween-in-sleepy-hollow/

And while you’re in the area (Sleepy Hollow is just 30 miles outside of NYC), check out the Village Halloween parade, http://halloween-nyc.com/.

Wherever you’re headed this Fall, keep yourself, your belongings and your vehicle safe. Follow our road trip tips (http://911tracker-blog.com/family-road-trip-tips/, http://911tracker-blog.com/road-trip-tips/)  for a smooth ride, and check out our current specials to protect your car.

The T3 and Your Vehicle’s Warranty

The T3 Tracker is a one-of-a-kind anti-theft and tracking device with capabilities no other product on the market has. We get questions daily about the T3, what it does, and how it works. But recently we’ve been getting a lot of questions about how installing a T3 on your vehicle will affect the vehicle’s warranty. The good news is, it won’t.

By law, any properly installed and functioning aftermarket system, including a security or remote start system, will not void a vehicle’s warranty. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act of 1975 was passed to protect consumers from dealerships insisting that only their authorized parts and labor were covered under their warranty, and that if a dealership deemed a product unauthorized, it would void the warranty.

Keep in mind though, that if you start tearing up wiring and drilling unnecesary holes, then a warranty issue could arise. So make sure that you seek help from a professional installer when adding an aftermarket system or product to your vehicle. And to make this process even easier for you, you can purchase your T3 from one of our qualified partner dealers.

With a T3 Tracker safely, and correctly, installed on your vehicle, you will have peace of mind in knowing that if your car makes an unauthorized movement you will be notified immediately. If someone steals your car, the T3 will send a message to you. Once you receive that message, you verify that there is in fact an issue, and then you can call the T3 and the 911 operator nearest the vehicle. The T3 will provide the owner and the 911 operator with the real time location of the vehicle and the direction it is heading in so law enforcement can help stop the crime in progress.

Not only will your vehicle be protected by its warranty, but it will be safe thanks to the T3. For more information on the T3 Tracker visit our website (https://www.911tracker.com/), or give us a call at 877-744-3361.

TECH TIP: When the T3 owner has contacted police about the theft of their vehicle, the owner can send a secure message to the T3 to disable the vehicle starter and help police catch the thief.

Parking Lot Safety Tips

We know it can be difficult to get all of your errands and shopping done during daylight hours, which oftentimes means you’re walking to and from your car in the dark. Parking lots can be a bit scary at night so we want to make sure you’re using the correct precautions, as well as point out some T3 features you may not know about.

  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 14% of all vehicle collisions resulting in damage happen in parking lots, so be aware of other drivers.
  • Be on the lookout for pedestrians.
  • Avoid parking in dark, secluded areas.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you see something suspicious, go back into the store you just left and ask for help.
  • Always lock your car doors as soon as you get in.
  • If you are going to multiple stores, be sure to keep shopping bags and other valuables out of site. You don’t want to make your car look more appealing to thieves.

When going from place to place, it can sometimes be difficult to remember exactly where you parked. By installing a T3 Tracker on your vehicle, you can find the exact location of your car with a tap on the app. You’ll never have to wander through the parking lot looking for your car again.

The T3 will also protect your car by notifying you immediately if your car makes an unauthorized movement or a factory installed alarm is triggered. This will give you a chance to contact 911 as soon as possible with the gps coordinates of your vehicle and the direction it is traveling.

Other helpful features of the T3:

  • You can check the location, speed, and direction of your vehicle anytime you want.
  • In the event of an emergency, you can contact the 911 operator closest to your vehicle even if you’re thousands of miles away.
  • You can unlock your doors with a simple text.
  • There is no activation fee, no contracts, and no cancellation fees.
  • The T3 offers complete privacy. With your secret pin you have complete control over your account. All account information is sent via text between the T3 and your cell phone, but only when you request it. It is never stored or sent via the internet.

Follow these tips to keep yourself, and your vehicle safe. For more information on the T3 and its capabilities, visit our website, https://www.911tracker.com/.

TECH TIP: An authorized emergency contact can call the T3 and the T3 will answer their call.  The contact can have T3 make the 3-party call to 911 to explain the emergency.

Good Guys Car Show Recap

For the 5th year in a row, 911tracker hosted a booth at the Goodguys 31st West Coast Nationals Car Show, a 3-day show in Pleasanton, CA.

It is always a wonderful time to connect with fellow enthusiasts like ourselves and inform everyone about the T3 and all of its capabilities.

One of the best things about the Good Guys Car Show is getting to experience the thousands of amazing and beautifully cared for rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks all from 1972 and earlier.

 

It is also a great place to visit tons of vendors and exhibits and give away a few T3s.

If you didn’t get a chance to make it out to the show, don’t worry! Our Summer Special is still available — just visit https://www.911tracker.com/products

2017 Good Guys West Coast Car Show

Are you going to the Goodguys 31st West Coast Nationals Car Show August 25, 26, and 27? The 3-day show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA features thousands of rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks all from 1972 and earlier. America’s most beautiful street rod will be crowned and spectators can enjoy a Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition, numerous displays, live entertainment, and a kids zone complete with arts & crafts, games, prizes, and free make and takes. Share your love of cars with the family!

There will also be a number of vendor and manufacturer exhibits, including a 911Tracker booth for the 5th year in a row. Make sure you stop by our booth to say hello and learn more about the T3 Tracker and all of its capabilities. We are located at #188 Building A. This is the same spot as last year!

For details and ticket/registration information you can find it on the Good Guys Website https://www.good-guys.com/wcn-2017.

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching now is the time to get the perfect gift for the car lover in your life.

 

Help him start his day right with a car themed mug. 

At 911Tracker we can help keep tabs on his vehicle, but this little gadget will help him keep track of his keys.

Personalize his space with a metal sign.

He can take his love of cars with him to the office with these great cufflinks.

Help the car enthusiast in your life keep their vehicle safe with a T3 Tracker from 911Tracker.

 

It can happen to you – Protect Your Vehicle

The incidence of car thefts in US has risen steadily over the past couple of years and keeping your vehicle locked in a garage isn’t enough to deter thieves. Not only will they still take your car, but they may then use it to continue their spree.

In a recent incident in San Jose, California, a home was broken into on a weekday between 12:30 and 12:55pm. The thieves took valuables and then fled in the homeowners car that was parked in the garage. The car was then used in a number of other robberies in San Jose, and surrounding areas. There was a police-involved car chase, but the robbers managed to flee, and eventually abandoned the vehicle. The robbers are still at large.

If the owners of the stolen vehicle had a T3 Tracker installed they would have been able to use the 3-way call feature to alert the police department closest to the vehicle’s location of the theft. The police would then also have access to the exact GPS location of the vehicle and the owner could remotely disable the car’s starter, leading the police right to them. In this case, the car would most likely have been returned to the owners quickly, without the car chase, and they may have been able to get all of their valuables back. It also would have prevented the subsequent break-ins and the thieves would have been caught.
It is always a good idea to keep your car doors locked and valuables out of sight. But unfortunately, even a garage isn’t guaranteed protection. For more information on the T3 Tracker and to order yours, go here, https://www.911tracker.com/products.

TECH TIP: When T3 is in temporary Master Mode, T3 automatically sends text notification if vehicle ignition is either on or off but the vehicle starts moving.

Road Trip Tips

With the weather warming up and the school year winding down, now is the time to start planning for your upcoming road trips. Follow these tips for a fun and safe ride. 

  1. Service your vehicle– Regular maintenance is important to prevent a breakdown but it is always a good idea to get a tune-up before a long drive.
  2. Sleep– Make sure to get a a lot of rest before your trip. According to sleep experts, it is important to get at least two consecutive nights of 7-8 hours of sleep before you begin your drive. This way you can avoid any drowsy driving. Although if you do feel tired while on your trip, it is important to take a break.
  3. Emergency Kit– It is always a good idea to have a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle. Even with proper maintenance trouble can still arise. Be sure to include jumper cables, flares, a tire jack, water, blankets, and a first aid kit. Also be sure your spare tire is properly inflated.
  4. Put your cell phone down– Distracted driving can be incredibly dangerous. While you are driving, keep your focus on the road in order to keep yourself, your passengers, and the other drivers on the road safe. By doing this, you’ll also avoid fines in many states.
  5. Stay hydrated– Drinking water may increase the amount of stops you have to make, but it will also keep you energized while driving. It’s also a good idea to pack a water bottle for all of your passengers as well.
  6. Traveling with children– Make sure to take proper safety precautions when driving with children. It is important that all car seats are properly installed and children are sitting in a seat appropriate for their age, height, and weight. All children 12 and under need to be safely buckled in the back seat and never leave them in the car unattended.
  7. Have a GPS handy– Not only does a GPS help you get from point A to point B, it will also help you find alternate routes due to traffic, construction, etc. It is also a great way to find the nearest restaurants, hotels, and hospitals.
  8. Keep your car safe– Keep your car safe while you are on your road trip with a T3 Tracker. Not only is your vehicle your mode of transportation, it is also a surrogate home while you are on the road. You don’t want it to be at risk. With the 911Tracker T3 you will be alerted of any unauthorized movements your car makes via text alert. You can then connect with a 911 operator nearest your vehicle in order to get your car back.

TECH TIP: The T3 owner sets their phone number in the T3 memory and T3 always sends notifications to the owners phone.  T3 will only answer calls from the owner’s phone and from the owner’s authorized emergency contacts.