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Amazon and Tech Startups Fight Back Against Car Break-Ins and Smash and Grabs

Having a car stolen or broken into can be disastrous. A broken window can cost hundreds of dollars, and a stolen car can cost thousands of dollars, even if it’s insured. Videos about car thefts and break-ins can be disturbing. Thieves break into cars even when the driver is sitting in heavy traffic in broad daylight. Despite advances in technology, car theft is on the rise, and car break-ins are becoming an everyday experience in some parts of the country. Residents of cities like Chicago, Los A Read More...

Having a car stolen or broken into can be disastrous. A broken window can cost hundreds of dollars, and a stolen car can cost thousands of dollars, even if it’s insured.

Videos about car thefts and break-ins can be disturbing. Thieves break into cars even when the driver is sitting in heavy traffic in broad daylight.

Despite advances in technology, car theft is on the rise, and car break-ins are becoming an everyday experience in some parts of the country. Residents of cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco often leave their windows rolled down when the vehicle is unoccupied in hopes people won’t smash their windows.

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Ring, whose parent company is Amazon.com Inc, recently expanded its offerings of security products to include an innovative, two-sided car camera to help deter car theft and break-ins. Similar to its Ring doorbell, the startup has a host of features like real-time alerts, Live View and Two-Way Talk.

These features can be a great addition to helping families secure their cars by serving as a deterrent to break-ins and collecting evidence. But cameras, which sell for roughly $200, also are targets.

Amazon isn’t the only company looking to solve this problem. Startups like MaxTracker have created small GPS trackers with a battery life of up to a year and 5G connectivity that can be fitted on bikes or cars. Given that it’s only the size of a credit card, it can be a hidden solution to the problem.

Because Amazon is a massive conglomerate, it’s unlikely that this release will move its stock price. For people looking to invest or support this cause, MaxTracker is raising on StartEngine so anyone can invest in the startup for a limited time.

Spending too much on security equipment can put a target on your back, but doing nothing doesn’t solve the problem, either. Thanks to MaxTracker, a best-of-both-worlds solution has arrived.

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