You’d think a Bentley or a Mercedes Benz would be on the top of a car thief’s most-wanted list. But what about an ice cream truck? Or a burger van?
Food truck theft is on the rise, and for good reason. That’s because these vehicles contain some seriously expensive inventory, such as food-prep equipment and folding furniture. Then there’s the generator that powers the truck, which can cost $5,000 or more. Purchasing and outfitting a food truck can cost up to $175,000, which can be two or three times the price of a sports car. The smell of a food truck makes a criminal’s mouth water, but for entirely different reasons than everyone else.
So what happens when someone steals a food truck? It’s complicated, and mobile business owners have few options. When the unthinkable happened to one food truck owner, LandAirSea came to the rescue. This is the story of the missing food truck and how GPS technology found it.
HOW FOOD TRUCK THEFT DAMAGED AN ENTIRE BUSINESS
When a criminal stole a food truck, its owners didn’t know where to turn. That truck was more than just a vehicle but their entire livelihood. Without it, they couldn’t serve food. Or generate an income. They couldn’t make a living.
The owners had invested heavily in their food truck business, spending thousands of dollars outfitting a vehicle that fed the local community.
Now that vehicle had disappeared.
They hoped the police would help, but there was little the cops could do. The owners didn’t have a photo of the truck, so the authorities wouldn’t look for it. Besides, this wasn’t exactly the ‘crime of the century.’ Unfortunately, food truck theft is becoming increasingly common in the United States. One Nashville business recently had two of its food trucks stolen from a parking lot. Even a non-profit founder in Fresno, California, became the victim of food truck theft earlier this year. His organization fed the local homeless population.
GPS TRACKING IN TRANSPORTATION
The owners of the stolen food truck had few options. The cops couldn’t help them, and they were running out of ideas. That’s when they remembered they had fitted a GPS tracker to the vehicle. Could that solve the crime?
The GPS tracker came from LandAirSea, the No.1 vehicle GPS tracking company. Made from waterproof and dustproof materials, the device has an internal magnet that attaches to any vehicle and provides owners with real-time location data via email or text message. That product is the LandAirSea 54 with ShareSpot Location Sharing and Tracking System, and, with a 4.7/5 average user score, it’s one of the most popular GPS trackers on the market. The owners of the food truck could check location data from this device, locate the vehicle, and pass all that information to the police. The tracker did what the cops couldn’t:
Find the stolen truck.
The food truck owners also passed the location data to their insurance provider, speeding up their claim.
HOW LANDAIRSEA CAN HELP YOU
If you are one of the 24,000 food truck owners in the U.S., you need to prepare for the worst-case scenario. It might be scary to think, but food truck theft could destroy your entire business and make it extremely difficult for you to earn a living.
That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in GPS tracking technology that provides you with real-time location information about the whereabouts of your truck. LandAirSea’s rigorously tested GPS solution is a vital addition to your everyday food truck operations because it increases the visibility of your business and provides ongoing peace of mind.
Here are some benefits of investing in LandAirSea’s GPS solution:
- Simple activation and installation. There’s no complicated setup.
- Receive location updates by email or text.
- Access web-based maps and geofencing data from an easy-to-use custom dashboard on your desktop, smartphone, or tablet.
- Share location data with colleagues, partners, investors, friends, and family members.
- Share location data with customers via a custom website or mobile app.
- Integrate location data into your social media profiles and notify customers when your food truck is in the local area.
- LandAirSea’s GPS tracker with ShareSpot technology protects your assets and can reduce insurance premiums. It provides you with
- the protection you deserve and mitigates the effects of food truck theft. You’ll always know the location of your truck.
When the owners of a food truck business had their vehicle stolen, police provided little help. Thankfully, the owners had attached a GPS tracking device from LandAirSea to their truck so could locate the vehicle and pass on location data to the cops and their insurance company. Without this technology, they may have never found the stolen truck.
If you operate a mobile business, consider investing in a tool like the LandAirSea 54 with ShareSpot Location Sharing and Tracking System, which tracks your vehicle and sends you important notifications via email or text. You can access an incredible range of location data from a custom dashboard on your computer or smart device and share this information with customers, clients, colleagues, and more.
Learn more about the benefits of GPS tracking in transportation.