Originally Posted by 3scapist
Imo insurance companies should put the hammer down on manufacturers and have them at the very least install gps tracking ..
Forcing manufacturers to implement GPS is BS, sorry.
In that case every service manual to be found online reveals the location and wiring to every thief out there. It will be extremely easy for them to disable the system quickly.
And what do you think who is going to pay for this? Right, you. Next time you buy a new bike the sticker will have an additional $200+ on it. Plus a service plan for GPS tracking which is an additional $100 - $200 every year. Btw: I have OnStar; if you don't pay that plan there is no tracking.
If you really want to solve a (any) problem you have to go all the way back in the chain of events leading to the reason of the problem.
Theft is not the problem; it is the result from many other issues! Let's see how this chain of events looks like for bike theft.
Bike not recovered < law enforcement failed < stolen bike < law enforcement failed in preventing theft < bike not correctly secured < thief decides to make money with theft < thief didn't learn how to earn sufficient money legally OR thief was never taught respectable behavior in the school system OR thief was not raised with proper manners by the guardian(s).
We already pay:
- schools for teaching everybody at early age
- law enforcement to prevent crime
- law enforcement to recover stolen property
- insurance companies for compensation
with our tax money and premiums.
Do you seriously want to add one more thing we have to pay for like higher retail prices for something that will not resolve the initial problem or the consequences?!
How about starting where the problem begins? How about a serious overhaul of our lame educational system in order to teach acceptable behavior? How about teaching parents how to be role models for their kids? How about forcing law enforcement to focus on real crime instead of chasing victimless crimes for revenue in both departments and the corrupted private jail system?