I've been having some problems with car break-ins for the last year or so. I've lost several hundred dollars worth of car audio stuff before I wised up and started securing it better. The last two times my car has been broken into, they didn't get anything but still go in my car and search it regularly. I know it's been gone into because you have to shut the driver's side door a certain way otherwise it doesn't close completely. Plus the glove box was open.
I've reported it to the police and asked for increased patrols, but nothing's changed. It's not like my car is parked at night where thieves can't be seen. My apartment house is at the corner of an intersection that's busy at all hours. The main Post Office is on one corner and the main library is on another. The car is very visible from the street and the parking lot is lit.
I don't lock the car doors because I know they'll just break the window. I may put in a car alarm, but doubt I'll hear it go off. I'm a heavy sleeper and can't hear noises outside anyway.
I had an idea though. Thought I'd run it past y'all and maybe some of you who know more about the technology could give me your input and advice.
I've got an old VCR that quit working. If I could put some kind of battery-powered tracking device in it and leave it in my car overnight, maybe I could help the cops track down the burglars. Is there some kind of GPS transmitter that I could hide in the VCR and have a receiver that would show it's position? I feel certain that the theives are coming from one of the nearby "bad neighborhoods" probably within a 1-mile radius. If I could find a setup like that maybe I could help the cops put some of these jerks away, and then I could let my friends and neighbors use it too.
I do need to keep the cost down as much as I can, considering this will probably be a one shot deal unless it works and I decide to repeat the "sting" again or let others use the setup.
I'm going to look around online and see what I can find out but I know nothing about the technology so maybe someone can give a little advice?