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The Deadly Flaw in the 911 Operating System

Recently we came across an article from USA TODAY regarding the alarming concern in the deadly flaw in the 911 operating system. 911 operators are NOT getting a quick fix on a victim’s location and the average rate is as low as 10% to as high as 95%.  Now 911 operators and emergency room doctors are worried that the problem will worsen because more and more calls are being made on cell phones, in fact 70% of 911 calls are made from a cell phone.

We know the problem, but what is happening to solve this situation. When someone is in trouble they think that calling 911 will bring help quickly, but that isn’t always the case. The FCC is working with major cell phone companies to increase the percentage of calls that 911 can transmit. The goal is to the delivery location increases 40% by 2017 and 80% by 2021.

We want those percentages to increase more rapidly to make sure victims are getting the help they need quickly, unlike in the case of Shanell Anderson. You might be wondering, why 911 operators are having these issues? It seems pretty simple, you have an emergency you call 911 and someone is there to help ASAP. Nope, not the case. You see, if your phone is connected through certain counties. If you have an emergency in another county, the call you make may NOT go to the nearest 911 operator but to the 911 operator in a different district. Because of this, the operator may not be able to get an exact location quickly which causes a delay in getting help.

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If the cell phone had automatically routed to the correct area then the life of Shannell Anderson could’ve been spared as well as so many others. This is where the 911Tracker can help. When you install the 911Tracker T3 GPS device not only helps with car theft but can keep you safe while traveling because of these factors….

  • When the victim calls the T3 and presses # to make the 3-way call to 911, the call goes to the correct 911-Operator.
  • When the 911-Operator connects with the victim the Operator is able to press 3 to have the Tracker voice the GPS location, which the Operator can see on their screen.
  • T3 GPS location received by the 911T-Operator is accurate to within 20-50 feet of the actual location of the vehicle.
  • GPS location sent from the T3 Device and NOT the cellular tower triangulation
  • The 911-Operator automatically sees the phone number of the T3 Tracker on their screen. So if the cellular connection from the 911-Operator should prematurely disconnect, the 911-Operator can call the T3 back directly.
  • The T3 auto-answers so the 911-Operator can continue to press 3 to have the T3 voice the real-time GPS location.

T3 is different because you are in charge. T3 follows the instructions that you text from your phone.  T3 alerts you if your car has an emergency and you call the T3 to connect a 3-way call to the 911-Operator located closest to your car.  You are talking directly to police within seconds of the emergency. Saving valuable time can save you, your family, and your belongings. LoJack® doesn’t do this. OnStar® doesn’t do this.  No other anti-theft system can do this. Learn more about Vehicle Recovery Systems through the 911Tracker website

How Auto Theft Has Changed & What You Can Do About It

At one point hot wiring cars and jimmying door locks were the norm for car theft. In the last 20 years or so anti-theft technology has gotten so high tech that thieves were forced to get more creative.

Almost every car on the market, used and new have a transponder key. The transponder key transmits a radio signal to the car in order to start the ignition. Because of this device, plus alarm systems car theft has declined. Because of these factors car thieves needed to get creative. Thieves are now faking paperwork and give to a dealership or bank. They pretend to be the owner of a car that claim that they lost their keys. The thieves copy or make up a VIN number. Once they gain access to the set of keys they are good to go!

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Individual car owners are not the only ones effected by car theft. Rental car companies have seen an increase in car theft because thieves will make copies of keys when they rent a car. After returning the car they then can easily steal it from the rental lot or elsewhere at a later time.

Seems like a lot of trouble to steal a car right? But, when you are getting paid a hefty fee then it’s worth it in the end. Thieves can resell the stolen vehicles and also export them to foreign countries because they are worth so much more than just reselling in the US.

So, now what? You have a new car with a great factory security system, it should do the trick….maybe not! Because of the changes in car theft it might be a good time to invest a anti-theft device like the T3 GPS Recovery Device.

* Gives you the location of your vehicle allowing you to recover it

* Saves you money because it lowers your car insurance

* If you parked your car for a period of time you will receive notification if your vehicle is moved or if the ignition is turned on. This is perfect for when parking the airport, auto body shop or valet.

* When 911 has been notified your tracker will give the current latitude/longitude, speed and where the vehicle is heading and is detected by E-911. The operator can see a map of where the car is and is often more precise than E-911.

* The 911Tracker has a back up battery so if the thief cuts the wires you are still protected

We spend thousands of dollars on the vehicles we drive, why wouldn’t we want to protect them just as we do our homes?  Tracking devices are highly-effective in protecting against theft and hijacking, and for assisting in the recovery of your stolen vehicle.

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Unlike other anti-theft devices the T3 Devices requires – No activation fee, No contracts or cancellation fees + You may cancel a plan or begin a new plan at any time.  One of the things that 911Tracker prides itself with is that our T3 gives the owner Complete privacy – Your secret PIN gives you complete control and our T3 offers Complete security – Location text goes direct to your phone; No Internet.

You can now purchase the T3 Recovery Device is now on sale at $100 off and until the end of February you have the opportunity to win one of your own, a value of $260.00.

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San Jose Double Car Theft – How it could of been avoided!

If you live around the San Jose area you may have heard about one family’s experience with car theft. The Stewart family not only had one car stolen but two cars stolen within a matter of hours of one another. It all started at the Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose where the wife of Daniel Stewart was being treated for multiple sclerosis.

The first vehicle was stolen out of the hospital parking lot and then the thief went to the Stewart family home and stole their 2nd vehicle right out of their driveway. To make matter worse, Daniel Stewart’s wallet was inside the trunk of the car so not only did the thief steal 2 vehicles, but also a wallet filled with credit cards. Full Story Below…

Wondering how the heck something like this could of happened to one family? You see, Daniel lost his keys which the thief found which made it very easy for him to find the vehicle and steal it.  Sets of keys for both vehicles were on the set of keys that were stolen. To make it even easier for the thief to steal the 2nd car the registration and insurance were found in the car which gave the thief the Stewart’s home address.

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There are many ways car theft can be avoided and things we can do after a car theft occurs that can protect you and your family. One way that Daniel is now doing to protect his vehicles and family is by installing the T3 GPS Recovery Device.

After we heard the story of the Stewart family’s misfortune we offered Daniel one of our T3 Devices to use in the 1 vehicle that was found, still looking for the 2nd vehicle. If the T3 was in the vehicle at the time of the theft Daniel could of easily found out if the car moved from the parking location and also get a GPS location of the vehicle which would make it easier for the police to find the stolen car.

Since Daniel has had the T3 Device in his car he and his family has felt more secure. It’s already come in handy. Because of the T3 GPS capabilities  Daniel was able to check the location of his wife while she was traveling to work. Because of her job at the San Jose courthouse it’s very important for her NOT to be late. That particular day Jennifer was delayed because of traffic and forgot her cell phone at home so she couldn’t call her place of work to notify them of the situation. Daniel was able to see exactly where Jennifer’s car was located and estimated how long it would take her to get to the court house. Daniel was able to call the court house and give them ETA, so the problem was averted.

Daniel and his family are very happy with how the T3 has given them peace of mind and a sense of security that they didn’t have before.

TESTIMONIAL: “The 911Tracker has brought me the ability to know where my vehicle is at any given time. If the vehicle moves for any reason I can get an instant text with immediate latitude and longitude, speed, direction, and peace of mind my loved ones are safe. Also if for some reason my teenager trys to sneak and take the car while I am away I can use the tracker, via text, to shut off the ignition before she even trys to take it…. INVALUABLE!!!” 

Check out how the 911Tracker T3 GPS Recovery Device can help you and your family and see our Winter Specials on our 911Tracker products.

 

 

 

 

 

Recovering from Holiday Car Trouble

The last thing you need during the busy holiday travel season is car trouble, but sometimes it doesn’t matter how well we take care of our vehicle we have unforeseen issues. Below is a story of how our 911Tracker T3 Device helped one owner and his family stay calm during traveling when their car wasn’t in the best condition.

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Recovering from Holiday Car Trouble Using the T3 Device

Throughout the holidays we were traveling by car 350 miles to visit family.  During our drive, the car alerted that coolant was low – Yikes!  We stopped at a restaurant and got a couple cups of water for the radiator and called our daughter to let her know of a problem with the car and we may have to stop again to re-fill. She said she would keep track of our location and come get us if necessary. Our car has 911Tracker T3 unit that lets her text the T3 and it texts back to her with GPS location, direction, and speed.

We continued on the drive and had to stop to refill the radiator 2 more times, and arrived at her home about an hour later than expected.  She checked our location every few minutes to be sure we were all right.

The next morning, I took the car to the repair shop. The service manager, Dan, said that it may be just a hose or it may be the radiator. Just to keep track of progress, I sent a text to the T3 to put it in Master Mode. The T3 will send me a movement notification if they take the car on a test drive.

Our car had to be in the repair shop throughout the weekend. By having a T3 Device I was able to track the progress of the repairs which made our holiday weekend less stressful for me and family. Here is timeline of the progress and how I knew that my repairs were on track.  In order to check progress on the car, I sent the T3 a text requesting status.  The T3 has its own backup battery so it keeps working even if the vehicle battery is still disconnected. 

 Monday 9:45AM – The T3 send a text saying Vehicle battery disconnected.  This let me know that the mechanic had removed the battery to make room for the radiator to be removed. The T3 responded with ignition off, alarm not sounding, and the voltage of the backup battery.  So I knew the mechanic had not reconnected the battery yet.

Monday 1:45PM – I checked status and T3 said the battery was reconnected so the mechanic was completing the radiator installation and getting ready to recharge the a/c.

Monday 3:20PM – T3 status said the ignition was on and the engine running, so the mechanic was checking for leaks.

Monday 3:38PM – T3 sent me a Moving notification so I knew the mechanic was taking a test drive.  I double-checked the T3 location just as he pulled back into the shop.  So, my daughter drove me to the shop and Dan called me to tell me the car was ready when we were just two blocks away – perfect timing.

Because of the T3 Device this family was able to track the trip to make sure everyone was OK during the time the car was having difficulty. They were able to check the progress of the repairs and had a good idea of when the vehicle would be done. By having this option the family was able to continue their holiday festivities without the stress of the unknown and could plan family outings without worrying about when the car would be completed.

Now that is the service we are talking about! At 911Tracker we know that EVERY MINUTE COUNTS and time is precious, especially during the holidays. Now that you’ve heard first hand from a T3 owner of how the device saved their holiday don’t you want your own? 911Tracker is running a holiday special with savings of over $100 on a T3 Device. Learn more about the T3 Device and promotion. 

What To Do AFTER A Car Theft

You know how to protect your vehicle from theft, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. The unthinkable happens, because every 44 seconds a car is stolen in the US. It could happen at any point of the day or night, even when you take all those precautions . Having your vehicle stolen can be a very frustrating experience. Here are some tips that will help you deal with this crisis, and hopefully get your vehicle back to you within a short amount of time.

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What To Do AFTER A Car Theft

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT: Is your car actually stolen or just towed, misplaced or even worse repossessed. Before calling 911 just take a moment to consider these other options because the last thing you want to do is involve the police unnecessarily.

CALL 911: So you’ve taken the time to think things through and realize that YES your vehicle has been stolen. The first thing you should do is call 911, and have a police report filed.

KEEP EXTRA INSURANCE CARDS: Most times your VIN number and registration are in the vehicle that has been stolen. Make copies of your registration and insurance cards and have them in your wallet so you have all the information you need when talking to the police.

BE TECH SAVVY: Vehicle manufacturer security systems may not be enough to completely keep your vehicle safe. Once upon a time LoJack was the only non manufacturer security system…..not anymore. Check out how the T3 Recovery Device works effectively.

CONNECT WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY: The police was called and report has been filed, now it’s time to connect with your insurance company. When connecting with your insurance company you are protecting yourself. Yes, that right! Your stolen vehicle could be used to cause harm or damage after the theft. Make sure you give your agent detailed information of all personal items in your vehicle.

CONNECT WITH LENDER:  If your car is leased or financed, you should also call the lender that you used to purchase the vehicle.

According to the NHTSA 40% to 50% of stolen cars are a direct result of owner mistakes. Make sure you are making smart choices at all times which will reduce your chances of car theft.

Has your vehicle been stolen before? What tips can you share to help others in the future? Don’t forget to check out our different types of recovery devices, the T3 and S4 Recovery Devices. These will not only help secure your vehicle but make recovery time less if your vehicle is stolen. EVERY MINUTE MATTERS!

Feeling lucky? Enter in our S4 Tracker Giveaway, worth $300! 911Tracker will pick 2 winners on November 15, 2014. GOOD LUCK!

 

 

911SafeTrack Dealer Recovery Device & GIVEAWAY

911Tracker now has —-> 911SafeTrack which features a special DEALER PROGRAM. The S4 Tracker is now available to New and After-market Auto Dealers, Rental Car Agencies, Collector Car Builders, Auto Parts Dealers, and Stereo & Security System Dealers.

Our mission continues to be a company that provides a rapid, affordable, and superior safety/security access to public safety by developing systems that will save lives and protect property worldwide.


The S4 allows vehicle owners to be in control of their vehicle at all times —

  • Permits the owner to check vehicle location, speed, and direction using a simple text message.
  • If a theft is occurring, the S4 notifies the owner and lets the owner easily connect with the 911-Operator closest to the vehicle using the patented 3-way call to provide immediate information and real-time GPS location. LoJack® doesn’t do this. OnStar® doesn’t do this.
  • The S4 lets the owner send a secure text to enable/disable the vehicle starter.
  • The owner can assess the situation by viewing the vehicle speed, direction, and location on their smartphone using Google Map™.
  • S4 can let the vehicle owner unlock the door in cases where the keys are locked in the vehicle.
  • Communication with the vehicle is protected by a user selected 5-digit PIN thereby ensuring the vehicle owner’s privacy.
  • No specialized police registration or police vehicle equipment is needed for the S4 to function properly.

Car dealers can pre-load the S4 to protect against vehicle theft from the lot and can obtain insurance discounts. Dealers use the S4 as a selling advantage when closing the deal on a vehicle sale.

Rental car agencies use the S4 to monitor when cars are checked in and out, can unlock the car if the renter left keys inside, and provide quicker response for roadside emergencies. The S4 lets the agency recover vehicles when they are not returned on time or to recover vehicles if a person using a stolen credit card rents the vehicle. When it is time to sell a vehicle, agencies use the S4 as a selling advantage.

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911SafeTrack Dealer Recovery Device & GIVEAWAY

To help us celebrate being at the SEMA Show and the launch of our new S4 Recovery Device, we’ve come up with one heck of a giveaway! Enter to win an S4 Recovery Device.

On November 15th we will draw 2 winners from the entries submitted. The giveaway will include an S4 Device plus a 3-month subscription plan worth over $300.

Ways to Keep Employees Safe While Driving

911Tracker Driving Safety Week LogoAs Americans we spend 41% of our time annually commuting to and from the workplace. Driving is one of the riskiest things you can do on a daily basis. A crash occurs every 5 seconds, which is one of the reasons that crashes are the leading cause of occupational deaths in the US.  Now that we know some of the facts, what can to keep ourselves and employees safe while driving on the job or commuting to and from work?

October 6-10th is Drive Safety Work Week. The goal is to educate employees and employers of the risks and how we can prevent crashes in the future.

SAFE DRIVING PROGRAMS – Employers can provide a safe driving program that would work to keep the driver and those sharing the road safe.

WRITTEN POLICIES & PROCEDURES – When a employer offers written policies and procedures to their employees they are emphasizing the commitment to their employees by helping reduce traffic related deaths.

DRIVER AGREEMENTS – Have employees sign driver agreements when they are either driving company cars or driving their own vehicle for work purposes. By the employee signing the agreement they are acknowledging awareness and understanding of the safety policies of the company they work for.

DRIVER SCREENINGS – Checking driving records before hiring a individual and while they are employed with a company can give employers peace of mine that they are hiring responsible people.

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Business owners that have company vehicles need to be extra careful because of liability risk. One way to limit those risks is by installing a vehicle tracking device. As an employer you can monitor drivers to see if they are actually using vehicles for authorized projects and driving safe while on the road. Check out the T3 Recovery and GPS Device, perfect for individuals and businesses.

How are you keeping your employees safe while on the road? To learn more about how you can stay safe while on the road while commuting or driving while on the job head to Trafficsafety.org 

 

 

10 Car Care Tips for Fall

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October is Fall Car Care Month. Why not take a little time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the harsh winter weather ahead? Taking a few simple steps now can save you the headaches and cost of an emergency breakdown later. Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional, these proactive steps will make sure your car is ready for winter driving.

10 Car Care Tips for Fall 

CHANGE WIPER BLADES –  You use your wipers more in the fall and winter and take a lot more abuse from road grime. Don’t forget to buy a third blade if you own a hatchback, station wagon or SUV, with a wiper for the rear window.

CHECK YOUR SPARE TIRE –  Make sure your spare tire in properly inflated so you don’t run into problems if you get a flat tire while traveling.

WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID – Replace the washer fluid with one that is suited for cold weather.

CHECK ANTIFREEZE – Make sure that you use the correct fluid because green and orange antifreeze cannot be mixed.

REPLACE ENGINE AIR FILTERS – These need to be replaces twice a year. When the air filter reaches the point where it causes enough of a pressure drop to restrict airflow, the car’s fuel economy, performance and emissions begin to deteriorate.

CHECK BATTERY – Many problems occur when your battery is loose or corroded. Use a simple brush to clean cable connectors.

CHECK CAR LIGHTS – Make sure all lights are working because the days are getting shorter and you will be traveling in darker situations more than other times of the year and you want everything to be working correctly.

MAINTAIN HEATER AND DEFROSTER – The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for comfort and driver visibility.

MAINTAIN FUEL – Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line.

EXHAUST LEAKS – It’s important to have your exhaust system examined a few times a year. If your exhaust system is leaking it could be deadly.

What are some of your favorite ways to keep your vehicle running smoothly during the colder months? Check out our Spring  and Summer Car Care Tips.

 

 

 

 

Back to School $50 Amazon Card Giveaway

back to school amazon gift card giveawayAt 911Tracker it is our goal to not only keep cars and families safe, but to be a online resource. Our website shares our car and safety tips to help individuals, families and new drivers. As Back to School arrives want to focus on child safety – of all ages.  The roads are more congested with school buses, kids walking to school, crossing streets without looking, and teen drivers headed to school on their own. This can be scary for any parent. Got a teen in high school or college driver? Here are some tips that will help your teen and others stay safe while on the road. 

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Back to School Tips for Teen Drivers 

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10 Tips for Parents with Teen Drivers 

In honor of Back to School 911Tracker would like to offer 2 lucky community members a opportunity to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.
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Back to School Driving Tips for Teens

VTS_01_1It’s that time of year – SCHOOL STARTS! The roads are more congested with school buses, kids walking to school and crossing streets without looking, and new teen drivers headed to school on their own. If you have a teen driving to school or has a car at college these tips that will keep you and others safe.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP –  Your teen needs at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. When a teen doesn’t get enough sleep and hitting the road as early as 6:30 am for school and then heading to after school activities which means not getting home to sometimes later in the evening.  This results in drowsy driving, and it can be just as risky as driving drunk. Make sure your teen takes a break, eat high energy foods to help stay alert or if things get really bad call a parent to come and pick them up.

SCHOOL BUSES – Teens needs to be aware that it’s illegal in the US to pass a school bus that is stopped loading and unloading children. Teens need to be more cautious when driving through areas where children are waiting for buses, because of kids darting in and out of the road.

SPEED LIMIT – School zones have different speed limits during different times of the day. Check posted limits and flashing signs to avoid getting a ticket.

DISTRACTED DRIVING – Avoid cell phones, playing with the radio, eating, putting on makeup or talking with friends while driving, all of these things will decrease your ability to pay attention to the road. A distracted driver cannot be a good driver.

CHANGES IN WEATHER – Fall brings changing falling leaves and wet roads which makes the roads slippery. Allow for greater stopping distance when driving on wet leaves or road.

PARKING – Make sure your teen leaves for school with plenty of time left to find a parking space. The student lots are always a zoo which can lead to many fender benders because of being in a rush to get to class and not paying attention to others around you. A good rule of thumb – get to school a little early and leave a little late to avoid the rush.

DRIVE A SAFE CAR – One of the best ways to keep your teen safe is by making sure they are driving a safe car. When buying a vehicle for your new teen driver, make sure it has good safety ratings and is reliability.

Keeping Families Safe

Parents can also keep a better on their teen by installing the 911Tracker T3 Device. It allows parents to track their teen while driving to make sure they get to their destination safely. The T3 is currently on sale through our website —-> take advantage of this deal and learn more about how the T3 Recovery Device can help the whole family stay safe while on the road.

GIVEAWAY ALERT – In honor of Back to School 911Tracker would like to offer 2 lucky community members a opportunity to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. ENTER HERE