Balaclavas, Kevlar helmets, bulletproof vests, firearms and aircraft used in actions. This is not an American SWAT or the Polish GROM. This is the everyday life of a tracking team, recovering stolen vehicles covered by the monitoring system.
The action of tracking run by the technicians from Gannet Guard Systems is done according to a strictly defined procedure. There is no room for frantic, reckless operation and avoidance of schemes and procedures. Until a stolen vehicle is finally seized by the tracking team together with the police, a chain of actions is started up, involving many employees and technology operating in the service of monitoring.
To find a car, it must be equipped with a tracking module. The units use two tracking technologies – GPS and radio.
– It increases the accuracy of readings and the speed of response, and at the same time ensures that even if thieves will use a satellite signal jammer, which happens more and more often, a car will be tracked down anyway – says Dominika Włodarczyk from Gannet Guard Systems for Interia.
In order to start the action of tracking, a customer, whose vehicle equipped with the module was stolen, should report this fact both to the police and to the monitoring company. After taking note of the fact, specialists from Gannet Guard System immediately start the action (the alarm central operates 24/7). A person on duty contacts the uniformed services and begins cooperation with them.
The entire procedure begins. It involves verification in the electronic system of data related to the notification of theft, including a number of the module located in the vehicle and the activity of battery. If all formal requirements are met, a radio direction-finding group is organized, which aim is to track down a stolen vehicle.
The operation tactics is based on data that the company gets from the victim. This is, inter alia, information about the place of the theft, time when the loss of the vehicle was stated, and the possible time of disappearance. This allows the group of technicians to adopt a strategy. Depending on the complexity of the situation and the circumstances, the operators use in their activities only cars, or if a lot of time has passed since the theft and the vehicle had a chance to get away far away, tracking team chooses to use a radio direction-finding aircraft, the extent of which is greater than of the mobile crews using cars. It penetrates a larger area of the country in the shorter time making it easier to find a car.
Using the advanced geolocation tools, technicians are able to provide information on a vehicle position with an accuracy of a few centimetres. When they are certain as to where the stolen property was hidden, they contact the police and in cooperation with the uniformed services, they enter the premises or object – intervention is possible only in the company of officers.
The work of operators is often dangerous. It happens that the police officers involved in the actions together with the operators are forced to use firearms because of a threat to life. Therefore, specialized technicians of the monitoring company are equipped with bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets and guns.
‘We had to intervene in a place where the dismantling of stolen cars was underway. It was a dynamic force entry, because criminals barricaded from the inside out, preventing the entrance to the garage. Unlike usually, rather than force the door, we decided to break a hole in the wall upholstered with sheet. – says Mirosław Marianowski from Gannet Guard Systems.
We did not know what would await us on the other side and whether the criminals were armed. Fortunately, they did not resist and surrendered immediately after the appearance in the room of the police and operators of Gannet Guard Systems. They were shocked. In fact, probably I would be in shock as well if I saw someone breaking into the garage through the wall “- laughs Marianowski.
There are a lot of equally surprising stories. During one of the actions aimed at recovering a stolen car, it turned out that on the premises where the thieves stored the vehicle, there was a cultivation of marijuana.
“We baked two birds with one stone – the car returned to the owner and by the way – growers were arrested. – adds Marianowski.
It happens that within the frames of the action aimed at tracking one car, Gannet Guard Systems finds several vehicles. Such was the case recently, when the operator on duty received information that two cars were stolen from the premises of one customer: Toyota Land Cruiser secured with the GanTrack system and Kia Sportage without this solution. After the operation, which was a success, both vehicles were found in the same place.
“When we entered the garage at 6 o’clock, where according to our data the stolen vehicle was located, we found two completely different cars – Land Cruiser and Sportage and a lot of parts from other vehicles. We might say that the victim recovered two vehicles thanks to one security – explains Marianowski.