Car thieves have a lot more to worry about during the smart device era. There are a plethora of different devices that could potentially track the location of a car after it is stolen and thieves have to quickly disable these devices after making off with a car. With OnStar becoming increasingly popular in many different types of vehicles, stealing cars has never been so hard for these criminals.
One solid example of how the car theft game has changed is a recent incident in which a man was tracked and arrested less than ten minutes after stealing a car. There was no OnStar or any other built in software that tracked the location, but the man had stolen the car with an unlocked Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android phone inside. Thanks to an appt hat was running on the device, the man who owned the car was able to log in to his application account and inform police of the exact location of the vehicle shortly after it was stolen. The man responsible for the theft was apprehended less than ten minutes after the theft took place.
The application that saved the day was Lookout, an application that is most commonly used as an antivirus tool for phone devices. Luckily, the device also doubles as a phone finding tool, allowing users to log in and check a GPS map to help them locate a lost phone. This application came in handy for the man whose car was stolen, helping him to quickly locate his car and provide police with details regarding its location.
This serves as one of a number of examples of how smart phone technology is thwarting everyday criminals. As these features expand, you can expect to hear more stories like this coming out. A small investment for his smart phone ended up saving the man in question all of the headaches that deal with locating a stolen car.
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