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S7 vs S5 Trackers: Which Thatcham-Approved Tracker is Right for Me?

25th January 2024

Motorists are often encouraged to install a Thatcham-approved tracker on their vehicle. This is often a requirement as part of your vehicle insurance and can be a great way to reduce insurance costs and protect your prized possession.

But with so many options out there, you might be left scratching your head when it comes to choosing the right vehicle tracker for you. We’re here to clear up any confusion and help you find the perfect tracker. 

We’ll break down the differences between the two main types of vehicle trackers and take a look into their key features. 

What are Thatcham Approved Trackers? 

Before we dive into the specifics, it’s worth explaining what Thatcham Trackers actually are. 

Thatcham Research is a non-profit organisation that aims to reduce car insurance premiums by testing and approving safety and security devices, like vehicle trackers. These vehicle trackers are then put into categories, like S5 and S7, based on their level of security. 

These categories help vehicle owners compare different vehicle trackers and determine which is best suited for their vehicle. 

Let’s look at the two main categories of Thatcham approved vehicle trackers: the S5 and the S7. 

Thatcham Approved S7 Trackers

Thatcham approved S7 trackers are the standard requirement for theft recovery systems. The trackers use GSM, and some higher models also use GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to detect the unauthorised movement of a car before alerting the car owner to its exact location. 

The S7 tracking system has a movement sensor that will trigger an alert if motion is detected when the ignition is off, i.e., if the vehicle is towed. Or, if power to the device is interrupted by means of tampering or vehicle battery disconnection, an alert will also be sent. These features make the S7 tracker a great defence mechanism against potential car theft. 

At Safe & Sound Vehicle Systems, we stock a wide range of S7 trackers, including the Safe Track S7, Smartrack Protector Pro, Trackstart TM470 and the Vodafone Protect & Connect S7. 

If you want further advice about S7 trackers, please contact us

Thatcham Approved S5 Trackers

The S5 tracker uses GPS and GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) technology to acquire in-depth information on the whereabouts of your stolen vehicle. S5 trackers are an enhanced version of the S7, which, according to Thatcham, gives them a higher security grade.

Some of the best models on the market include the Scorpion Track S5, The Meta Track S5, The Trackstar S5 and the Vodafone Protect & Connect S5.

If you’re looking for reliable protection, Thatcham approved S5 car trackers are an essential security device. They have all the latest tracking features, such as real-time location tracking, two-way communication, and tamper alerts. 

Some S5 trackers include an immobiliser, which automatically activates when you lock your car. The tracker comes with a driver ID tag, and your car engine will not start unless you click a button on the tag. This helps to identify thieves and means you can stop them in their tracks by remotely activating the immobilisers.

What’s the Difference Between Thatcham Approved S5 and S7 Trackers?

Category S5 and Category S7 vehicle trackers are similar in that they both have motion detectors, GPS capabilities, and 24/7 monitoring. However, the S5 also comes with driver ID tags, adding an extra security layer. 

In summary, S7 trackers are great for those looking for a simple and affordable way to monitor their car. Although S5 trackers are a bit more pricey, they offer additional features and perks, such as remote immobilisation. 

Find your new vehicle tracker today  

Safe & Sound Vehicle Systems Ltd has supplied and installed equipment from the industry’s leading vehicle security manufacturers for over 20 years. 

Our booking and installation process is quick and easy, and our friendly team is always on hand to answer any queries. To learn more about our vehicle trackers, get in touch today.