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Can a car gps system be tracked by its location ( a single unit) if it was stolen and then used by the suspect?

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Hello bulldog6895,

No, you cannot typically track most GPS devices. A GPS receives signals from orbiting Global Positioning Satellites and then uses the information from those signals to calculate its position on the earth. That information is reports on the screen of the GPS but that's it. The information isn't sent anywhere and can't be received by outside devices.

There are tracking devices that use a GPS receiver combined with a radio transmitter or cellular phone transmit to send the location reports in a way that can be received by outside parties, which enables tracking. However, most GPS units do not have this capability.

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Ken
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Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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Car stolen last night. any way for the car to be tracked???


I read an article about how to find a stolen car there: https://reolink.com/what-to-do-when-car-is-stolen/
Besides filing a report to police, using GPS tracking system to track down your stolen vehicle, there are 5 ways you can have a try:

Way 1. Use Security Camera Systems to Find Your Stolen Car

With the increasing of security awareness, more and more people install security camera systems to prevent home break-ins. Hope you are one of them, because security camera systems are one of the best ways to find your stolen car and vehicle.

One of the most welcomed features of security camera systems is 24/7 continuous recording. If you park your car near your home, your security camera systems will record everything happening to your car. Check all of your home security cameras, especially the one in your garage. Nothing can escape security camera systems' "detective eyes". With the car thief's clear image, and his general escape route, the likelihood of finding your stolen car will significantly increase.

Moreover, you can ask for permission to check your community's security camera systems. If your car is stolen in your community, security camera systems will record the trace of your stolen car. A stolen Chevrolet Silverado car owner got his car back by checking a primary school's security camera systems. All in all, don't forget this effective way when your car is stolen.

Way 2. Call Every Cab Company When Your Car Is Stolen

Whatever the situation is, calling all the cab companies in the area where your car is stolen is definitely a good option to find your stolen car. Taxi drivers seriously outnumber police, thus increasing chances of finding your car. Besides, you should give enough reward, such as $100, to the taxi driver who finds your stolen car. Reward is an incentive to encourage more people to join your stolen vehicle search team, which increases the possibility of recovering your stolen car.

Way 3. Check the City's Transportation Website for Parking Violation

When your car was stolen, the car thief would park your car somewhere and then abandoned it. The car was ticketed and put into the parking violation database, which is available online apparently. You can check if your stolen vehicle is in this database and then go to the area where the violation takes place. After that, contact the police immediately, they will search your car and then release it to you if they find it.

Way 4. Check for Your Stolen Car's Parts Being Sold Online When Your Car Is Stolen

If your car has been parted out, finding who is selling those parts could lead you to recover your wheeled baby. You can use automated checking system, such as Craigslist checker, to track down your stolen vehicle. If you can identify parts from your stolen car, make sure that you contact the police before arranging any meeting with the seller. Car thieves are dangerous guys. Accompanied by the police, you can get your stolen car back more safely and smoothly.

Way 5. Find Your Car with VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

A vehicle identification number (VIN) is a unique code used by vehicle industry to identify individual motor vehicles, towed vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, etc. A car can be tracked through a vehicle identification number.
VIN not only helps you check if your car is stolen, but also plays an important role on recovering your stolen car. First, go toAutoCheck, and purchase vehicle history report. The cost of the report will be between $30 and $40.
Enter your vehicle identification number and credit card details on the vehicle history report search screen, and you will see a chronological history of the places where your car was registered, titled and serviced. The last known registration or service should be the most recent location of your stolen vehicle. Thus you can narrow down the search range when your car is stolen, and get your car back fast.


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Is there any way to find my stolen rca ****** tablet


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My Sinotec M735 tablet was stolen. How do I track it's location?


not way to track unless you had a gps unit in it

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How do I track and get gps location on a cell phone for free when all I know is the number?


On an iPhone you have a Free App to download called Find iPhone.
Generally this is used for locating a lost or stolen iPhone, using another iPhone or Computer and with the ability to remotely play a sound to help locate the device or Delete all the Data on that iPhone remotely.
If you have 2 iPhones or more in a family and they share the same Apple ID Account that you use to purchase Apps (through iTunes) and to Manage & Backup your data & Apps. If both iPhones use the same Apple ID & Password then the "Find iPhone" App can be used to check and see the GPS position of the other iPhone on a map.
The tracking is not saveable as a file. Also www.icloud.com can be used to log in and see the location of all devices in the family (on the same Apple Account).
There is also an App called Find Friends that allows you to track friends current location but it does require & request their permission when first used.
You could also get a free App and install it on the other persons iPhone and simply have it running in the background to remember all GPS location data during a period of time. e.g. a "Pedometer" to track a persons movements. You would require access to the iPhone at some point to recover that data by plugging in to a computer using iTunes to recover the location data. Running some GPS Apps in the background will noticeably reduce the battery as all GPS tracking devices do.
Figure out the details by installing the Pedometer or iTrack App on your own phone first.
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If I have a garmin 50lm and I got it stolen and they reset it after they turn it on can be be trace or track by law enforcement??????


Car GPS units are receivers only. They do not have a transmitter that can be used for tracking. I am sorry that it was stolen. Report it to Garmin and the police. Also, post it at the following link so people can be made aware of it:

http://www.sharc.net/gps_theft_report_center.htm

Sep 22, 2013 | Garmin nuvi 750 GPS Receiver

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Do you have someone we can contact by telephone? Our Garmin was stolen. Can you track where it is if someone is using it? Thank you, Larry


Unfortunately not. Garmin units only receive signals, they don't also send out signals of their location. Hopefully, you used the security system installed on the unit and the thief won't be able to use the unit.

Dec 19, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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Stolen garmin


No, the unit can not be tracked by radio signals as its a receive only device, however I would contact garmin and let them know (in addition to your local police dept.) that it has been stolen. If you buy a new GPS there are measures you can take to prevent theft & help recover a stolen GPS. Please see this link:

http://www.sharc.net/gps_lost_pin.htm


- Jim

Mar 07, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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How do i locate my lost tomtom gps


Hi,
If your meaning can you track the GPS, no you cannot track a GPS unless it has a tracker fitted, you cannot trace it if it has been stolen,
Ironically, they work in the opposite way to a tracker, it is a locater, not a tracker
Regards.

Jun 20, 2009 | Tomtom ONE GPS Receiver

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I think my nuvi was stolen


No, A GPS only has a receiver. It does not have a transmitter that can be used for locating. If you know your Nuvi's serial number and User ID number, you might want to report it to Garmin as well as your local Police. If the unit is ever turned into Garmin for repair, they will notify the authorities and you will get it back.

You can also post your stolen Nuvi here as well:

http://www.sharc.net/nuvi_theft_report_center.htm

- Jim

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How can I locate my lost/stolen tomtom?


First of all it is obivous that a tomtom has a unique satellite address to recieve information, or they really wouldn't work, right? Any search from anyones tomtom would change your destination, which is defintly not the case. A unique satallite address means the address could defintly be cloned and monitored for activity. Just as they do with computers and modems. I mean they were able to catch BTK, a serial killer, by tracing a floppy disk all the way back to the exact computer he used to make it for christ sake. Tomtom probable doesn't want you to really think about the possibilaties of tracking your GPS, as this would probably be a violation of our privacy and probably our rights. I really think they can, but why they want to waste their time with the thousands of calls everyday. They should get their heads out of their azz and make some goddam money. It is a freaking Global Positioning Satallite reciever, and it would be the stupidest thing that I've ever heard that Tomtom can't find the location of it, come on. It seems they prey off our ignorance and only care about making money.

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