How do you detect a spy car tracker? How do you know there is a GPS car tracking device implanted on your car? Well, this article is going to explain in detail how to detect a car tracking device on your car.
Frankly, you are not likely to find yourself in a situation where someone is keeping a tab on your movements. However, if you have got a jealous partner or an overly controlling parent, they may track your whereabouts without having to follow you around or pester you with several phone calls.
With a GPS tracking device placed somewhere in your car, someone else can easily monitor your movements. In the US, the FBI uses this method to keep watch on those who have a criminal past or those they are trying to clamp down. If you are not a criminal or you are not in the US, then the FBI has no business with you. But that doesn’t mean someone else cannot track your movement with a GPS device. If you are feeling worried that someone else may be tracking your movement, there are ways by which you can easily find out. Here, I will explain how you can detect a GPS tracker hidden in your car:
First, you must bear in mind that a GPS tracking device would need to “see” the sky in order to work perfectly. Although GPS signals can penetrate plastic materials that are not very thick, they hardly can penetrate metal. So, the device must be placed in a location that will protect it and still provide a fairly direct communication route with the satellites above.
So, where in your car should you look for a hidden GPS tracking device? You will start from the front and work your way backwards to the rear end of the car. Here are the parts you should check:
5 DIY Guaranteed Ways to Detect a Tracking Device on Your Car
1. The wheel wells
Though it is unlikely that someone places a GPS device in your wheel wells, it’s not impossible. Check all four, look for any strange thing that may look like a box, cylinder, or something else. Only your brakes should be behind your wheels. You should even remove the brakes and look into them (you may find a wire going to a sensor here – don’t touch it). Also, you won’t miss the spiral shaped, load-bearing metal above the wheels. Don’t take these for a GPS tracker.
2. The rear bumper
Check behind your bumper. Although you may also find some wires here, these are most probably powering lights and external sensors that send you signal while you are driving. Be careful not to remove or disconnect anything while checking for strange devices. If you disrupt any arrangement, your car may fail to start when next you try to move it.
3. General areas-: You should check the car’s undercarriage. Even though a device placed under here may not have smooth communication with GPS satellites, some devices may have strong sensors or antennas that will establish communication through these barriers.
4. The dashboard area
Though you will be sitting close to this part of your car for most of the time, you may not quickly sense a strange device because there’s a lot of room under that fancy dashboard. Granted, there’s a lot of stuff in there, but there’s a lot of space as well.
For easy access, enter through the glove compartment. It’s even better to remove the compartment by loosening the screws and pulling it out completely. Use a torch to search through it — among the wires. If you notice any strange device that is not connected with any component within the compartment, bring it out and check thoroughly — it may be what you are looking for. After searching through the glove compartment, repeat the search procedure for the driver’s side of the dashboard. If possible, remove the panel under the steering wheel and check it for any strange color.
5. The consoles (and more)
If your car has a sunroof, a GPS tracker can be installed in other locations in the car where it can communicate with the satellites above through the opening in the roof. Check for any strange objects or wires. Open up every place you can (but avoid forcing anything open).
Also, check under your carpets and under the front and rear seats for strange wires. Trace all wires to their sources to confirm that they are not from external sources. While doing this, exercise caution to avoid disconnecting your wires or damaging your seat heating equipment.
Now what if you found nothing? If you do all these checks and still find nothing, this means nobody is tracking your car. But if you are still not convinced, ask someone else to check for you. If it’s the same story, then you can rest assured that you are not being watched.