Using A GPS Tracker To Catch A
Many people think that it is necessary to hire a private
investigator (costing thousands of dollars) when you want to know
where someone is spending their time. However, if you are willing
to put modern technology to work for you can find out the same
information without the huge expense of hiring a P.I.
It is now possible to track someone using a small device that uses
military satellites to find someone's location to within feet of
their actual position. There are basically two types of GPS Units.
GPS Logger (Historical GPS)
Think of a logging device as a sort of video recorder that records
the locations, speed traveled, and time spent at locations and so
on. So if you want to know where your partner is spending his/her
time this device can be very helpful. It is also a great tool for
verifying that your partner is being truthful as to his/her
whereabouts. For example your partner is spending time at
someone’s house or meeting him or her at a motel, with the logger
you will know exactly where he/she has been and for how long. This
device is very small and totally self-contained.
I have used many different models and the most reliable and
easiest to use is the Professional Mini Tracker..
Simply place the tracker in or on the target vehicle. When you are
ready to get the information off of the unit you take it off or
out of the vehicle and plug it into a USB port on your computer
and download it. You can then view the route of the vehicle on a
satellite image, on a map or in a text format. You can also save
the information on your computer or burn it to a compact disk to
present as evidence later.
Real Time GPS
With real time GPS you can get all the same information that a GPS
logger will provide but through the use of website based software
accessed via the internet or even a cell phone you will be able to
see where the unit is right now in real time. For example your
partner calls you and says he/she has to work late. You could
simply log onto the website and see where his/her car is right
now. This can come in very useful when you want to catch your
partner red handed.
There are may models of real time GPS on the market. One of the
main things that you want to be aware of is the monthly
subscription fees. When you purchase the unit you will have to
subscribe to a website to access the software to get locations and
history reports. The monthly fee can range from $19 per month to
$69 per month depending on the company used and the amount of
Some units can text the current location to a cell phone without
having a subscription. The only problem with this is that the
global coordinates are all that you get in most cases. If you are
near a computer you can go to Google Earth and enter the
coordinates to view on a map, but if you are not the info on the
text will probably not be useful. The website can be accessed by
most modern smart phones making it unnecessary to text GPS
Two of the best and most cost effective GPS units on the market is
Trac Pro and the Silver
Where to place a GPS unit on a vehicle
All GPS devices must be able to communicate with the satellites to
work properly. Therefore proper placement is crucial. Below is a
diagram showing ideas on where to place the tracker. Most Tracking
devices also come with detailed instructions where to place them
and proper operation.