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Was your car stolen? Stop the thieves in their tracks with a simple SMS Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) — What would you do if your car had just been stolen? Take out your phone and call the police? Sure, you could that, but what if instead of asking authorities for help you simply sent a text message? Moreover, what if that SMS went straight to a hidden device inside your car and immediately immobilized the vehicle’s engine? True, the thieves could still get away, but you’ll know at least that you have good chances of recovering your stolen vehicle. This anti-theft solution is the latest service offered from Kenyan entrepreneur Kelvin Macharia Kuria, founder of Nairobi-based car security company Sunrise Tracking. “The reason as to why I decided to venture into the business of security is simply because immediately after high school one of my relatives was carjacked,” explains the 23-year-old IT developer. “And it was unfortunate we were not able to recover the vehicle,” he continues. “I thought I could come up with a way to track the vehicle, and once they’re stolen it’s easy to recover them. Years later when I started my business, our office was broken into most of our electronics were stolen. It came to my mind we also need a solution for such a thing.” Think of it like familiar locating app “Find my phone” but instead of your misplaced mobile, it’s your missing vehicle. The product on offer from Macharia’s startup has a three-pronged approach: GPS tracking, CCTV and lastly, it offers clients the ability to disable the vehicle’s engine remotely. Whilst Macharia isn’t the only one to offer such a product, his anti-theft device is proving popular in a country where carjacking is the most prevalent form of crime — two years after its launch, Sunrise Tracking has 500 individual clients, with 35 corporates also using the company’s car-tracking and fleet management system.




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