You've invested hundreds upon thousands of dollars into modi- fying your car over the years. The money was well worth being spent and your car has become the talk of the town and at car shows across the states. With all the media hype and recogni-tion your car has prestigiously received, it was only a matter of time before your worst nightmare became a shocking reality. One early morning you walk toward the parking lot and your heart quickly sinks to the pit of your stomach. Your once treasured possession you worked so hard on is nowhere in sight. You, along with thousands of fellow vehicle owners, are among a growing statistical group of victims who have had their vehicles stolen within the past year. Shards of glass litter the asphalt where your car once sat as you sit there helplessly pondering how you could've prevented this tragedy.

High-end alarms with state-of-the-art paging systems, kill switches, and steering wheel locks are all considered clever devices to deter car theft but to a true car thief, they serve as ornamental accessories that can be easily bypassed within a split second. So what's a person who's looking for that next level of car security to do?

Haas GPS recently released a new Text-N-Track H1000 GPS Tracker for enhanced vehicle security and monitoring. The unit enables owners to locate and track their vehicle in real-time using their cell phone and computer. The tracker sends a text message to your personal phone alerting the vehicle owner if the vehicle is stolen or towed. If you're the possessive type who enjoys putting your significant other on a short leash, the Haas GPS can be programmed to set maximum speed limits, geographic boundaries, and curfew times and text message the owner with immediate notification if any conditions have been violated. Factory or aftermarket alarms can be integrated with the system as an additional security by triggering a notification if a thief or unwanted individual tampers with your vehicle. Many times a thief will trigger an alarm multiple times to see if the owner comes out to inspect the problem. With a standard alarm, most owners will be too far away to hear the vehicle's alarm. Other times with alarms using a paging device, the vehicle owner will oftentimes be farther than the provided one- to two-mile radius or in an area that doesn't receive a clear signal. The Haas H1000's design is based upon a link between a GPS and your cell phone, which offers additional coverage area.