Originally Posted by moments
We've been considering purchasing a "GPS" type product to be installed on our Escape in case it is ever stolen (despite precautions we take). Apparently, it is something like when your pet is "chipped" and can be located...
Not quite - the pet "chip" is a buried ID tag than can be read if someone takes the found pet to a vet or animal shelter, and no one is taking your stolen trailer to the cops to see if it is stolen... and if they did then reading the VIN would work (no electronics needed).
Instead, these devices use a GPS receiver to determine the current location, and mobile wireless device (like a phone) to report that location, so you can track it down. By the way, you can buy this sort of thing for your pet, but it's a box on the collar, not an embedded chip. I remember when neither GPS nor mobile networks existed, this device would be science fiction, and putting it on your dog's collar would be ridiculous... but I'm old.
Originally Posted by ice-breaker
Something like this SPOT device would probably work well.
Of course, you do have to pay for the privilege of using it.
Right, the cost is to subscribe to the mobile service and pay the SPOT people to pass the location on to you.
If you're sufficiently concerned about theft, don't mind running power to the device, and assume that the thief won't just turn it off or pry it off and discard it, it makes sense to me.