How to Disable an Auto Tracking System

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How to Disable an Auto Tracking System
Finding and disabling an auto GPS tracking system can be done in minutes. (gps image by AlcelVision from

Installing a GPS tracking device into a car is relatively simple. They are small enough to slip under a seat, inside of a door compartment or on the inside of a bumper. A parent or a boss might install one to keep track of someone's movements. Disabling a GSP tracking device is possible if you aren't comfortable with having one. It doesn't take long to do and you don't need to be technically inclined to do it.

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Things you need

  • GPS blocking device
  • GPS bug detector

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    Locate the GPS tracking system installed in your car by thoroughly checking the interior and exterior of your car. Make sure to look under the seats, in the glove compartment, inside the bumpers and underneath the carriage of the car. The GPS tracking unit is usually a small black or grey rectangular plastic box.

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    Buy a GPS bug detector. If you cannot visually locate the tracking unit installed in your car, get help from a bug-detector device. This works by detecting the radio frequency transmission coming from the GPS device and alerting you to it. As of 2010, the price of one of these units is about £227.

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    Scan your car for a tracking unit. Turn on the bug detector and move it around your car. It operates at a distance of between 10 and 15 feet. The detector will alert you of a signal from a GPS tracking system by beeping and blinking. The closer you get to the signal, the faster the beeping sound will be.

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    Repeat the scanning procedure several times until you are sure there is no tracking unit installed in the car. If you find one, disable it by removing its battery.

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    Buy a GPS tracker defence device. You can purchase it online from companies in the United Kingdom; it's currently not available in the United States. As of December 2010, it retails for around £65.

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    Plug the tracker defence into your car's 12-volt lighter receptacle.

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    Turn on the device. It prevents the tracking unit installed in your car from sending signals to the GPS satellite.

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