There has been a rash of burglaries and break-ins over the last few months in Kamloops. The spree seems to have started in late April, when 12 local businesses were targeted. Most people have suffered some property loss due to theft. However, when it becomes more than a sporadic event, people and businesses are forced to contemplate ways to take action to protect valuables. At Walco, we are eager to tell people about new technologies that may help.
Vehicles and equipment are very attractive for criminals. Such items have inherent value and can be used by the criminals or sold. In this way, equipment is much like the notoriously preferred cellular phone. Historically, cellular phones have been a favorite of criminals due to their difficultly to trace, inherent value, and the ease in which they are taken. To combat this problem, more and more cellular devices are coming equipped with tracking applications. This trend is branching into other areas. Thus, similar to the ‘find my iPhone’ feature, Spot has come out with a device called the ‘Trace’.
This device is a GPS tracker which is installed on the vehicle or equipment. A membership allows for satellite tracking of the asset. In other words, the asset can be traced even outside of cellular coverage. Interface with the device is easy, allowing for emails or text messages when the asset moves (including Google Map tracking). Updates are customizable for 2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes. Settings are configured through the Spot website.
Installation is easy and quickly explained in this tongue and cheek video from Spot.
Specifications include: 
- Size: 2.02 in (5.13 cm) high, by 2.69 in (6.83 cm) wide, by .95 in (2.14 cm) thick;
- Weight: 3.1 oz. (87.9 g);
- Operating Parameters: -22 F to 140 F (-30 C to 60 C), 328 ft. to 21,320 ft. (-100 m to 6,500 m);
- Vibration Rated: per SAE J1455;
- Waterproof rated: IPX7 (1 m for up to 30 minutes).
We have heard of at least one major piece of equipment returned to the owner via use of the Spot Trace. Other customers have reported insurance deductions due to use of the Spot Trace on equipment. At Walco, we would be happy to discuss whether this device is right for you!