GPS trackers are everywhere in trucking. the trucks i drive tell my dispatcher where i am and how fast i'm going. if i'm on a forbidden road or going too fast i get a telephone call. last time it happened my truck boss called me up to ask why i was on the wrong well pad, and i explained that i was inside the porta john there because the place i was going didn't have one.
they're also used a lotl in the oil industry. one of the local oil companies had trouble with people stealing 12-volt batteries
from their remote equipment. so they installed trackers-- and a warning sign-- on the batteries
and that apparently slowed things down.
the sandbox trailers i use have GPS trackers hidden on them.
one was stolen a while back and the company spotted the tracker concealed inside a shop, over the internet. when the police arrived there they discovered the trailer inside being cut up for scrap. trailer was junk but they got the thief.
other uses i remember include putting trackers inside beehives to catch people who steal them (mostly a problem in areas where bees are rented for pollination) but a potential issue everywhere. mostly it's beekeepers who steal beehives, but if one hive in a yard of fity has a tracker, you can spot the theft before the thief can open all of them up to look for the tracker.
a haybale incident i read about several years ago was amusing,. an indiana farmer had someone pilfering his haybales from the side of the field. not expensive individually, but it was adding up. so he stuck a tracker inside one that only activated when the haybale was moved. when the alarm dinged he got the cops and they followed the tracker to the thief who still had the haybale stuck on a spike on the back of his truck.
the motorcycle units don't appear to be very big, come with an internal battery
, and can send location updates to your smartphone every ten minutes, for example. so you get an immdeiate notice of the theft yoourself and can tell the police where the bike is, yourself.
the only thing that defeats them is if the thief can identify the box and ditch it before you catch up to him. more of a problem for our stuff because high-tech units stand out against the primitive electrical systems, especially if they are labelled "GPS VEHICLE TRACKER. . ." like ^^this idiotic one.