Finding, Locating An Illegal GPS Device In Your
Vehicle. What To Do?
Brief overview of an illegal GPS in your
It's generally illegal to use a GPS tracking device if :
You are not the owner of the car and do not have the legal right to
You attempt to track a boyfriend, girlfriend or
significant other in their own car without their permission.
This is Information
Is Not To Be Considered Legal Advice.
Finding, Locating A GPS.
RULE 1. Trusting Your Instincts.
If a GPS tracker was being installed secretly onto your car, you need
to understand or remember if someone had access to the vehicle or
not. This is important because if no access was granted then most
likely the tracker had to insert the GPS device outside the car
interior and underneath the frame .
This is what we consider a
ground level insertion. Considering the insertion has to be quickly
accomplished it's not an easy task to accomplish to have the gps
secured in place, hidden and can be removes quickly. Most likely the
gps is battery powered and can only remain on the vehicle for 7-30
RULE 2. If you want to locate it yourself, then you may
need to think like the tracker. Most often trackers will use the rear
of the vehicle by or underneath the rear bumper area.
Passive Tracker - A GPS tracker could also come in the form of a
passive tracker. This means that the data will be stored in a USB and
used later. Such GPS tracking devices are usually installed in a
compact gum box like shape and stuck onto the rear of the car.
RULE 4. Active Trackers - Most commonly used devices not only
gather your GPS location in real time. That means that when ever the
vehicle moves, the signal is immediate sent and one can see the via
the internet or cell phone which monitors the system. With vehicle
access, the active tracking gps can be hard-wired into your car's
electrical system and remain on alert until it is found, removed or
RULE 5. Individuals and business firms are
being targeted with GPS devices. Remember you cannot find a GPS, then
you maybe track by your cellphone.
RULE 6. If you find a
illegal GPS in your vehicle, my first recommendations is to call law
All GPS devices will have an manufacturing number
or Identification. Sometimes the tracker may have removed or obscured
the outside tracking identification. But this number is still
imprinted within the device. Do not open the device and let the law
enforcement official or detectives contact the GPS Internet provider
to obtain who's account it is and the owner. Gps devices will always
have a host and internet provider which lets the owner use their
services and law enforcement can obtain this information.
7. Take a few pictures of the device for your records. Once ready
obtain a police report of the incident and device ownership
Step 1. Finding or Locating The GPS.
basic rule-- someone had to insert the device and someone has to
extract the device. The GPS most likely be the size of a pack of
cigarettes or smaller.
Most likely the GPS device was inserted
at ground level by the tracker. That is if they didn't have access to
For The Non Tech Person - Long sleeve shirt,
gloves, coat hanger, hat, flash light safety glasses, long screw
driver maybe some pliers and a mirror taped to a 12-18 inch stick.
I always suggest that you take your vehicle to a local service
station to have the professional put it on the lift. this give you an
advantage of not crawling on the ground.
Always let your
vehicle cool down at the service station, you don't need to get
burned. Once outfitted for the inspection, start the inspection.
Ready To Search. Start at the Front drivers side by the tires,
look, feel, behind the splash guard, where the cars break are
Continue your inspection under the front bumper, feel
behind the bumper and use your coat hangar to lightly pull in the
areas that your hand cannot fit or your flash light will not
Continue your inspection of the front passenger
underside Look for masking tape or duck tape, a zip lock painted
black or a box that seems to be not attached with screws or bolts.
Look for recent signs on the vehicle undercarriage road dust,
streaks, smudges or prints this could indicate a hasty insertion and
direct you to the area.
Once the front underside is inspected
feel, look, illuminate the sides of the vehicle. A strong flash light
is needed from both directions to illuminate some cloaked areas..
Now the rear of the vehicle look, feel with you hands, scratch
and gently pull with the coat hanger and any or all areas that you
Look for the smudges of road dust or tape.
At times the GPS could have been removed at the time of the
inspection, but their will be signs that someone may have been
OK you do not see, feel any object that looks
like a pack or cigarettes or their are no signs of road dust smudges
or print - no tape or tape residue observed. Good Job - Now to the
Locating A Vehicle GPS, Under The Hood, Inside The Vehicle.
Step 2. Locating A GPS, Under The Hood.
Normally this area
is to hot and too much metal for a gps to operate effectively. But
there could be some tell-tail signs of it's existence.
fuse box would be my first observation. Normally the mechanic can
assist you by opening the box. At times, you may see wires are seen
running from the fuse box..
Normal fuse boxes do not have
wires pressed into a fuse circuit. If observed, the try to follow the
wires to their final destination.
Another area is the air
filter location-- will keep a GPS ventilated and easy to access.
The battery box cover is also a hiding place but not very
practical. Try to remember is anyone has access to your vehicle.
Think back that someone wanted to check or service your vehicle
Most likely any wires leading to a gps will be on the
drivers side of the vehicle leading inside the vehicle.
Never found a GPS by the coolant area. Again remember that the device
was inserted and the device must be extracted. .
Locating, A GPS, Inside Your Vehicle.
Front Seats - Start Low
and work up, to include feeling under the seats, feel the seat
covers, under or inside the head rest, glove compartment, feel, look
at your door panels look for smudges or possible sight damage, once
we found them in the speaker box.
What I do is illuminate the
area. feel and touch things, then take the mirror taped to the stick
and examine that area again.
Sometimes shining the flash light
on the mirror will give you a more defined look of inside of the
dashboard. Be slow and methodical because this is the area where a
permanent GPS can be located.
Back Seats-- One side then the
other. Search Low to high if you don't see anything use your coat
hanger and gently pull in these areas. This search is about finding
the GPS and not you time.
Inside The Trunk -- You have to take
the time to remove the spare tire. Sometimes the gps is in or under
the spare tire. Check under all the mats.
Going higher look
under the top of the trunk, use your flashlight and mirror . Normally
their is a cardboard panel separating the trunk from the back seat-
tug on that panel - the gps maybe located their.
firmly believe that their is no tracking device located inside or
attached under your vehicle OR you cannot locate it and you still
feel that you are being tracked.
Their are a couple of options
that you may want to consider. You Can:
Purchase A GPS
Detector From A Variety of Internet Security Sites. $200-$300 bucks.
But understand that these detection devices pick on transmission and
most active GPS devices go into hibernation mode when the vehicle is
inactive and no signal is transmitted.
Investigations And Services.