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Heritage insurance seem to be offering a free Skytag, and discount for having it. I have no connection, just looking into it too.

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On 5/30/2019 at 4:23 PM, FridgeFreezer said:

Not much info on the skytag site about how the thing actually works :mellow:

Superficially, that would seem to be a good thing, but I'm sure the professional scrotes still manage to find out in order to defeat it.

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1 hour ago, Snagger said:

Superficially, that would seem to be a good thing, but I'm sure the professional scrotes still manage to find out in order to defeat it.

Exactly - they say it just needs +12v and ground, but their site sort of maaaybe shows a keyfob or something... how the thing is actually activated / set up etc. would make a big difference to how useful people might find it and what other risks there are - like people breaking into your house to steal your keys, or locating the device with a £10 eBlag cellphone detector and disabling it on your driveway :ph34r:

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I have a couple of friends who have the skytag's fitted/hid in there 110 overlanders it only uses a gps signal so a cellphone detector wouldn't disable it

 

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For all intents and purposes GPS is receive only so there must be another comms mechanism. 

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1 hour ago, Ed Poore said:

For all intents and purposes GPS is receive only so there must be another comms mechanism. 

Yep, a GPS position is no use if you can't transmit the data to the tracking company.  Most trackers appear to use phone signals, so the phone jammer would still render the device useless, even if it knows where it is.  UHF or VHF transmitters might be harder to block as the frequency would have to be known, but it might still be a simple task to have a jammer block a range of frequencies that trackers operate on - RF transmitters have to be licenced withing specific ranges, and that won't be hard to find out.

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Jamming mobile is one thing. Messing with VHF/UHF is another thing. The authorities take a dim view about that sort of thing.

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1 minute ago, Gazzar said:

The authorities take a dim view about that sort of thing.

And you think the scrotes care?

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No, but I think that the authorities react to that sort of thing a lot faster than they would to a car being robbed, or a stabbing or burglary, that sort of petty crime.

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