GPS Vehicle Tracking Devices

This is one of the ways mentioned in the main how to catch a cheating spouse article. In this article we will be talking about the types of GPS (Global Positioning System) devices, mainly the ones used for vehicle tracking. This will only be a general guide to help you pick your own tracker; for direct product recommendations follow this link to the gps car tracking devices page.

Before buying or using any type of GPS device or spy tools, please check your local state laws. It is absolutely illegal to attach and monitor a vehicle that does not belong to you.

What are GPS Vehicle Tracking Devices?

GPS vehicle trackers are small devices that you can hide on your car that will allow you to track it’s location via Google Maps; some of the older GPS car trackers have their own built in system that does not make use of Google maps, but it will still display the exact location of your car on a similar platform.These are also some of the most common tools Private Investigators use to follow your spouse’s car. For the purpose of this article we will only focus on GPS devices that will help us catch a cheating spouse, and monitor our children’s activities, we will not be talking about GPS devices that are used for navigational purposes.

How Do I Use GPS To Catch A Cheating Spouse?

You select which type of tracker you want to use, and attach it to your vehicle. Once attached and active, the GPS device will continually record the location of your spouse’s car. You will be able to know exactly where they are, and what time they were there. Unlike the simple free method which tells you to monitor your spouse’s mileage and gas consumption, this will provide verifiable evidence that your spouse is lying to you about their location.

You will have proof of where they were, but not who they are with; so before any confrontation, you might consider following them next time they head to their “secret” place and check up on them and who they’re with. You could do this yourself, or even better get a friend to do it for you so they can follow them without being noticed. If you can afford to spend hundreds of dollars, you could hire a private investigator to do this for you.  If you plan on following your spouse or having a friend follow them, you are looking to buy a “real-time” GPS tracker. If you just want to know whether or not your spouse is lying to you about where they are going, you will want a cheap “passive tracker”.

 

Types of GPS trackers

Real-time GPS Trackers

GPS Tracker

Satellites are used to monitor GPS trackers.

A real time GPS tracker is the one you should get if you want to be able to monitor the tracker remotely. There are usually three items you get when you buy a realtime tracker, the tracker itself, the receiver, and the software.

The GPS receiver is the part of your GPS tracking system that collects the data from the tracker, and allows you to view it remotely via the computer, laptop, or your cell phone. Most modern GPS systems will make use of Google Maps when displaying data.

The GPS tracker is the part of your GPS system that you attached to the car, bag, pet, or whatever you want to monitor. This transmits it’s location to the receiver, and may be powered by rechargeable batteries, or directly attached to your car’s battery. More advanced GPS devices have built in functions to send “emergency rescue” signals.

The GPS software is basically your user interface for accessing the data your receiver has gathered. Some GPS trackers, those that use websites to feed you the data, will directly link you to google maps. Website based trackers more often than not require a monthly or yearly subscription.

This is recommended for people that want to protect their car from theft, or as mentioned above, so you can follow or have a friend follow your spouse’s location.

Passive GPS Trackers

Passive GPS trackering systems only consist of the GPS tracker, and software (same as above). They basically act the same but with no remote access for the passive tracker. That means if you hide it in your car, you will need to wait for your car to return home to be able to retrieve the data via computer or laptop USB. This is a nice cheaper alternative to the real-time trackers if you want to monitor your spouse’s location, but it is useless if you are buying a GPS tracker for the purpose of protecting your car.

This is recommended for people who want to catch their spouse cheating, it’s simple, cheap and provides us with everything we need; factual evidence that they are lying about where they were. If you want to follow your spouse, you will need the real-time tracker.

Disguised GPS Trackers

These can be passive or real-time, the only difference is they are made to look like everyday items. There are some GPS gadgets that are made to look like pens, some dog collars, some stuffed toys. I wouldn’t recommend these for catching a cheater, especially the smaller ones mainly because GPS trackers usually cost anywhere between $50-100 while a “disguised” GPS tracker will almost double the price. For the SAME features. It’s not worth it in my opinion. If you want a disguised tracker, buy a cheap GPS and stuff it into a teddy bear, or a tissue box in your car, or into a baby car seat. Be creative, don’t pay double for something you can use your creativity on. What is useful though are the GPS watches, and personal trackers which are the size of an ipod, but thicker.

This is recommended for young kids, the GPS watches are helpful and durable; the personal GPS trackers have built in “panic buttons” to alert authorities.

Personal GPS Trackers

These devices are another form of “real time” GPS tracking, with the added features of built in panic buttons. Panic buttons are used to send out an SOS to the receiver (your computer, laptop, or cell phone) at home, to a set of contacts via email or cell phone, and, depending on the model you pick, may even send out a distress signal directly to your local emergency response center .The response center then contacts your local police, the coast guard, or if your personal GPS tracker supports global tracking, the tracker will contact your embassy. Abusing this feature will get you in lots of trouble.

Personal GPS trackers cost exceptionally more than the other trackers because of the panic button feature, as well as the lengthy battery life. A $200+ unit will have a battery lifetime of up to a month.

This is recommended for monitoring your children, or any relative that works in a dangerous area. Downside of this is it is rather large and bulky, think walkman size, and the subscription fee is typically higher than the normal active tracker. If you are too young to know what a walkman is, think ipod, but around 2-3 inches thick. I just gave away my age there :).

Cell phone GPS trackers

These are spy software for cell phones that are coupled with the ability to read any texts, emails sent from the phone, as well as view the phonebook or call history. We already covered this in another article, see the article on cell phone trackers for more information.

This is recommended for tracking a mobile phone’s location if a car is not available. Also added features such as monitoring text messages, emails, and websites visited.

 

What Is The Best GPS To Buy For Cars?

It depends on what you want it for. If you are planning to use it to monitor where your spouse or kids location was for a day, the simple passive tracker will fulfill your needs; assuming that they will be returning back home and you will have physical access to the tracker. If you are planning to buy a car tracker for the sake of securing your car (anti theft), you will need a real-time GPS tracker for the remote checking functionality, passive trackers are obviously useless here since you won’t ever see your car again.

If buying for the sake of just catching a cheating spouse, pick the cheapest GPS tracker you can find that only reports back location. If buying for the sake of monitoring your kids I would recommend something that logs the location AND the travel speed, so you’ll know if your children are breaking the speed limits and you can warn them. When buying for the sake of protecting a vehicle, location is the only thing that really matters; most real-time subscription based GPS products monitor the tracker from any location in the country, some (cell phone trackers especially) even monitor internationally.

If you’re looking for an exact model, please see the link above to the product review page.

 

What Is The Best GPS Tracker For Kids?

For kids, not old enough to drive, you can give them GPS tracking watches, keychains, or personal GPS trackers. They are usually small enough to fit in their bags. Personal GPS trackers are a type of real-time trackers with built in functions such as calling 911, sending SOS to the receiver, and works anywhere on the planet. These personal GPS trackers should only be used for monitoring your children, they are too expensive to be used for simply trying to catch your spouse cheating; prices average between $100-200+, but it is WELL worth it to have a panic button for your child to push in case they are in danger.

 

Where Should I Hide My GPS Tracker?

  1. For micro trackers, these are so small they can be kept inside briefcases and purses. Downside to these “micro GPS” are that it is usually the passive data collector type. Real-time GPS trackers are a bit bigger so it wouldn’t hide well in a purse. I suggest taping the micro trackers in a briefcase pocket.
  2. For magnetic GPS tracking devices, the best places to hide it in are the trunk, above the tires (they will stick to metal and are very study), underneath the dashboard, and behind the bumper of your car.
  3. Simple everyday items that are big enough that you can stuff a small GPS tracker in it. No reason to spend extra for some of the custom made “disguised GPS units”, just create them yourselves. Some common items to put in your car and stuff a GPS tracker into are: a tissue box, stuffed toys, car pillows, DVD cases, and child seats and toys.

 

Additional information

It is illegal to monitor a vehicle, that you do not own, by attaching a GPS tracking device to it, but did you know that a government agent CAN track anyone’s property even without a warrant? They can sneak in to your house at night and attach a GPS car tracing device while you are sleeping. Read an article on time magazine which talks about this, the article is by Adam Cohen, lawyer and Time writer : http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2013150,00.html

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