As contactless theft becomes an ever-growing threat to car safety, it’s understandable that many are looking into aftermarket security solutions, one of which being the Autowatch Ghost Immobiliser
With this in mind, we will be answering the question ‘Is a Ghost Tracker Thatcham approved?’
The keyless entry has become a common feature that criminals capitalise on by finding ways to ‘hack’ the mechanism and break into your car in as little as 20-30 seconds.
Keyless car crime is a seriously frightening trend. In the UK, on average, a car is stolen every 10 minutes. Criminals are using an advanced technique called relay attack, to hack into cars and drive them away. Here, professional thieves work together to copy the signals of a victim’s car keys, disable the car’s telematics, and then manipulate the car into starting.
What is a Ghost Immobiliser?
Ghost immobilisers are used to add another layer of protection to your vehicles and make it harder for them to be stolen or otherwise entered. It serves to protect keys, combat key cloning, hacking or keyless entry and essentially stop thieves from getting your vehicle.
We found that no matter where you live or park your vehicle, it can be prone to thieves – that’s why ghost immobilisers can be so important in this modern age.
They work by preventing your engine from working unless an additional, unique pin number or code sequence is entered alongside your key fob.
With more and more people putting emphasis on their cars, it’s only natural for some to choose to improve their security at the same time with the use of a ghost immobiliser.
The device is also low-maintenance and incredibly hard to detect. It has a connection to the CAN (Controller Area Network) and operates through the ECU (Engine Control Unit), and can be installed in a hidden location, works silently, has no radio signals and is unrecognisable to the untrained eye.
For added security, only the ghost immobiliser fitters themselves are aware of the location of the device, and the car owner, at their own discretion.
Whilst a wheel lock can be cut off, and a car’s wires can be jumped, or a universal key can be applied, a ghost immobiliser cannot be found or detected in time to make a speedy getaway.
One of its added benefits is that, if you choose to be, you can be the only person who knows where it is located, and that it even exists. Because of this, thieves can be left wondering why your vehicle will not start, which can lead to them assuming that it is broken and leaving it be.
Ghost Immobiliser benefits
Undetectable by thieves using diagnostics
The Ghost 2 Immobiliser has no circuit cuts, meaning it cannot be detected by modern methods employed by a thief.
No radio frequencies
Thieves cannot use sophisticated RF scanning or code-grabbing technology to detect what security device your vehicle has, because the Ghost 2 Immobiliser does not transmit any signals like conventional security systems.
No more key cloning
Due to the personalised PIN, you can create with the Ghost 2 Immobiliser , if thieves have cloned keys to your vehicle, it will be impossible for them to start it because they won’t know your PIN code.
This pin can be activated through the app, or through a combination of buttons on your dashboard pressed in sequence.
Tested for each vehicle
Not all cars are the same, so due to the nature of the data bus communication the Ghost 2 Immobiliser has been adapted and tested for every vehicle we list as compatible, click this link to see our list of compatible vehicles.
On the occasion your pin is forgotten, your car is sold, or a button in your PIN sequence is broken, there is a secure, reset code for each individual immobiliser. There is also an option to change your pin, whenever you feel like it. This is handy on occasions where you can not drive your car at all, or if you just want a extra layer of security
To make security even easier, there is an app for the immobiliser available for your iOS & Android mobile device, allowing you to just get in and drive away. Minimising the need to enter your PIN if you are running late etc.
All you need to do is enable this phone-tag and as soon as your smartphone is near. your car you will be able to drive, even if your smartphone your pocket.
The team here at Car Specialist Customs are qualified and experienced at installing a Ghost 2 Immobiliser for your vehicle. Head to our website for your quote to make your car secure with the Ghost 2 Immobiliser .
For an in-depth look at the Ghost 2 Immobiliser’s features and facts, head over to our blog post where we give you all the information you need on this integral and established security solution. To browse our Ghost 2 Immobiliser installation service and pricing, click here.
Is there any chance it can be bypassed?
No. They work by preventing your engine from working unless an additional, unique pin number or code sequence is entered alongside your key fob. This helps to prevent thieves from driving away with your vehicle, which may encourage them to leave it alone altogether.
Your chosen pin code can be entered by pressing a pattern of existing electronic buttons on your steering wheel, in an app, on the door panel or on the central console. Because the device is invisible, you have the added benefit of stealth, which can prevent anyone from trying to tamper with it, and the device only takes seconds to use.
One of the most attractive features of the Ghost 2 Immobiliser is the fact that it can be fitted without any marks to the internal body of the vehicle. This means that it leaves no lasting damage to your car, which can be highly attractive for those who plan on reselling or developing their existing model.
Car care is a big part of the world today, with a study concluding that 63% of people like to clean their car because it is a pride and joy in their life. With more and more people putting emphasis on their cars, so it’s only natural for some to choose to improve their security at the same time with the use of a Ghost 2 Immobiliser .
Is a Ghost Tracker Thatcham approved?
Ghost Immobilisers are not Thatcham approved, this is because the method that the Ghost Immobiliser works on does not have a banding category within the Thatcham mode of certification anymore, this is alongside vehicle trackers, as they are aftermarket security measures.
Despite this, since March 2020, The Autowatch Ghost Immobiliser is TASSA approved and recognised by some insurers.
TASSA stands for ‘Tracking and aftermarket security systems association’ a legally recognised body that deals with the certification of security & tracking devices installed after the purchase of a vehicle.
So even though Ghost Immobilisers don’t have Thatcham approval, you still do have the approval of TASSA, an established and trusted organisation in its own right.
Although there are Thatcham approved alternatives, TASSA verified Ghost-II systems include a special vehicle marking system used by insurance companies across Europe linking to the International Security Register. Giving an extra level of security to vehicle owners.
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