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Vehicle Security

Vehicle alarms, Immobilisers and trackers

If you want to keep your car safe, you might want an alarm and tracker on top of a car immobiliser. There are a few types to consider, and some might come installed as standard when you get a new car.

Audible alarm systems
These are the alarms we typically think about that make a loud noise if someone tries to break into your car. If you buy a new vehicle, it’s likely that it has an audible alarm installed already. The alarms are useful, as they might scare off any criminals. But one downside is people have a tendency to ignore them as they frequently go off accidentally. 

Silent alarm systems
These alarms go off when someone tries to break into your car, but they don't make a sound. Instead, you're alerted as the owner. At that point, you could call the police and tell them your vehicle is being stolen.You shouldn’t try and intervene on your own as it could be dangerous.

GPS tracking
Trackers won't stop your car being stolen, but they could help you get your vehicle back. Typically, they use GPS to show you where your car is in real time. Please see the menu’s above for the different trackers we offer

An immobiliser is an electronic device that’s fitted into your car to stop the engine from running unless the correct , code, or key fob is present. Since the engine can only be started with the correct key, it means it can’t be hotwired, even if someone breaks into it.

What is a CAN-Bus immobiliser?
A CAN-Bus immobiliser is another type of device that you can fit discretely to your car. It offers an additional layer of security.
In order to start the car, the driver has to input a PIN code that only they know. This should make it significantly more difficult for thieves to steal your car. Please see the sections on the two different types we offer from the menu above

What is a Thatcham device?

Thatcham is an independent institution that rates car security and helps insurance companies factor this into their car insurance price calculations.
Thatcham has 7 different classes for car security. The closer to first class you get, the more robust your security is and the bigger the discount you could get on your car insurance.

Class 1 – electronic alarm and immobiliser
The most complex and secure system on the market. Class 1 alarms often run on their own battery supply, and engine immobilisers have the ability to activate on their own. Both immobiliser and alarm have to be present for class 1.

Class 2 – electronic immobiliser
This is a class 1 car immobiliser but without the alarm. For class 2, it needs to be able to disable 2 of the 3 systems used to drive the car.

Class 2/1 – electronic alarm upgrade
If you have an immobiliser, you can add a class 1 alarm afterwards. Though this doesn’t push you into fully-fledged class 1 territory, it’s as close to it as you can get without getting a new car.

Class 3 – mechanical immobiliser
The most common kind of class 3 feature is a steering wheel lock. Class 3 features disable only 1 of the 3 systems used to drive a car. You need to fit these every time you want to secure the car.

Class 4 – wheel locks
If you’ve got a set of shiny alloys, you likely have wheel-locking nuts on them. These nuts can only be removed using a special key, making them harder to steal.

Class 5 – post-theft tracking
If your car is stolen, this system tracks its position so that the police can recover it. They also have the ability to immobilise the car remotely.

Class 6 – tracker
This is a class 5 tracker but without the ability to remotely immobilise the car.

Class 7 – tracker
A more simplistic version of a class 6 tracker that allows police to recover a stolen car.
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