Finding, Locating An Illegal GPS.
Step 1. Finding or Locating The GPS.
Remember one basic rule-- someone had to insert the device and
someone has to extract the device. The GPS most likely be the size
of a pack of cigarettes or smaller.
Most likely the GPS
device was inserted at ground level by the tracker. That is if they
didn't have access to your vehicle.
For The Non Tech Person -
Long sleeve shirt, gloves, coat hanger, hat, flash light safety
glasses, long screw driver maybe some pliers and a mirror taped to a
12-18 inch stick.
I always suggest that you take your vehicle
to a local service station to have the professional put it on the
lift. this give you an advantage of not crawling on the ground.
Always let your vehicle cool down at the service station, you
don't need to get burned. Once outfitted for the inspection, start
Ready To Search. Start at the Front drivers
side by the tires, look, feel, behind the splash guard, where the
cars break are located.
Continue your inspection under the
front bumper, feel behind the bumper and use your coat hangar to
lightly pull in the areas that your hand cannot fit or your flash
light will not illuminate.
Continue your inspection of the
front passenger underside Look for masking tape or duck tape, a zip
lock painted black or a box that seems to be not attached with
screws or bolts.
Look for recent signs on the vehicle
undercarriage road dust, streaks, smudges or prints this could
indicate a hasty insertion and direct you to the area.
the front underside is inspected feel, look, illuminate the sides of
the vehicle. A strong flash light is needed from both directions to
illuminate some cloaked areas..
Now the rear of the vehicle
look, feel with you hands, scratch and gently pull with the coat
hanger and any or all areas that you cannot illuminate.
for the smudges of road dust or tape. At times the GPS could have
been removed at the time of the inspection, but their will be signs
that someone may have been underneath..
OK you do not see,
feel any object that looks like a pack or cigarettes or their are no
signs of road dust smudges or print - no tape or tape residue
observed. Good Job - Now to the next step.
Locating A Vehicle GPS, Under The Hood, Inside The
Step 2. Locating A GPS, Under The
Normally this area is to hot and too much
metal for a gps to operate effectively. But there could be some
tell-tail signs of it's existence.
The fuse box would be my
first observation. Normally the mechanic can assist you by opening
the box. At times, you may see wires are seen running from the fuse
Normal fuse boxes do not have wires pressed into a fuse
circuit. If observed, the try to follow the wires to their final
Another area is the air filter location-- will
keep a GPS ventilated and easy to access.
The battery box
cover is also a hiding place but not very practical. Try to remember
is anyone has access to your vehicle.
Think back that someone
wanted to check or service your vehicle engine..
any wires leading to a gps will be on the drivers side of the
vehicle leading inside the vehicle. I Never found a GPS by the
coolant area. Again remember that the device was inserted and the
device must be extracted. .
Step 3. Locating, A
GPS, Inside Your Vehicle.
Front Seats - Start Low
and work up, to include feeling under the seats, feel the seat
covers, under or inside the head rest, glove compartment, feel, look
at your door panels look for smudges or possible sight damage, once
we found them in the speaker box.
What I do is illuminate the
area. feel and touch things, then take the mirror taped to the stick
and examine that area again.
Sometimes shining the flash
light on the mirror will give you a more defined look of inside of
the dashboard. Be slow and methodical because this is the area where
a permanent GPS can be located.
Back Seats-- One side then
the other. Search Low to high if you don't see anything use your
coat hanger and gently pull in these areas. This search is about
finding the GPS and not you time.
Inside The Trunk -- You
have to take the time to remove the spare tire. Sometimes the gps is
in or under the spare tire. Check under all the mats.
higher look under the top of the trunk, use your flashlight and
mirror . Normally their is a cardboard panel separating the trunk
from the back seat- tug on that panel - the gps maybe located their.
Once you firmly believe that their is no tracking device located
inside or attached under your vehicle OR you cannot locate it and
you still feel that you are being tracked.
Their are a couple
of options that you may want to consider. You Can:
GPS Detector From A Variety of Internet Security Sites. $200-$300
bucks. But understand that these detection devices pick on
transmission and most active GPS devices go into hibernation mode
when the vehicle is inactive and no signal is transmitted.
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