Did you know that keyless car theft is on the rise in the UK? Between 2020 and 2022, it was the most common way for thieves to break into vehicles in England and Wales, accounting for over a third of break-ins.
One way to protect your prized possession from being stolen by thieves is to have a Ghost Immobiliser installed in your vehicle. But exactly where is a Ghost Immobiliser fitted? We will answer this question in this article, which we hope you find useful.
What is keyless car theft and why is it dangerous?
Keyless car theft is a sinister method of stealing a car, using cutting-edge technology. Professional thieves can hack into a car, disable the telematics, and drive off with the vehicle, all without using a physical key fob.
Typically, two thieves will work together and use electronic boxes to pick up the signal transmitted by your car keys inside your house. After this, they will trick your car engine into starting, because the car believes that the real key fob is present, and then drive off with the car, in as little as 60 seconds.
Criminals can carry out keyless car theft very quickly and almost silently, so you would have no idea that your car has been stolen in the middle of the night. You would wake up in the morning, grab your car keys, and walk out your front door, only to realise that your car has vanished.
What is a Ghost Immobiliser?
A Ghost Immobiliser is a unique solution to keeping your vehicle safe and secure, from even the most professional of thieves. It is a highly advanced piece of technology that protects your car from keyless entry, key cloning, hacking and key theft.
How does a Ghost Immobiliser work? Well, it prevents your car engine from starting, unless a unique PIN code or sequence is entered, alongside your key fob.
Only the vehicle owner and the installer of the Ghost Immobiliser will know what the unique PIN code or sequence is. A thief will never be able to guess what the correct combination is, even if they have your car keys with them. Hence, this prevents thieves from physically driving your car away.
A tiny, weatherproof device, the Ghost Immobiliser is low-maintenance and incredibly hard to detect. Criminals cannot use diagnostic machines or tools to detect the Ghost Immobiliser, as the device operates silently and does not transmit any radio frequency signals.
Where is a Ghost Immobiliser fitted?
For added security, only the Ghost Immobiliser fitters themselves are aware of the location of the device, as well as the car owner, at their discretion.
So, where is a Ghost Immobiliser fitted? Well, for security purposes, we don’t want to give away the exact location of the device. We certainly don’t want to make it easier for thieves to steal cars.
Can a Ghost Immobiliser be bypassed by thieves?
Nope, the Ghost Immobiliser cannot be bypassed by any methods employed by a professional thief.
A thief cannot:
- simply add a new key.
- replace an ECU to bypass the Ghost Immobiliser.
- listen for the tell-tale clicking of a traditional immobiliser relay.
- use sophisticated radio frequency scanning or code-grabbing technology to detect what security system your vehicle has.
Only entering the correct code will allow the vehicle to start.
The only way a thief could steal your car is by physically towing it away, and even then, they won’t be able to start the engine!
How do I know if a Ghost Immobiliser is compatible with my car?
If you are thinking of getting a Ghost Immobiliser installed in your vehicle, contact us and we would be happy to help. Our team are vehicle security experts, so we can answer any questions you may have.
What are the benefits of having a Ghost Immobiliser?
There are many reasons why investing in a Ghost Immobiliser is a smart idea. For example:
- Even if a thief breaks into your vehicle, with or without your car keys, the engine will not start without the unique PIN code.
- Cloned keys are nullified.
- A thief cannot bypass the device to start the vehicle.
- There is no trace of installation, meaning the aesthetics of your car in the interior and exterior will be unaffected.
- You can disarm the Ghost Immobiliser using a mobile app which is available on iOS and Android, which is a convenient, time-saving feature.
- The Ghost Immobiliser is also the perfect solution if you run a business that provides access to vehicles, but you don’t want someone to run off with a car on the weekend without your permission.
- If you have invested in personalising your vehicle, or you own a very expensive or rare vehicle, a Ghost Immobiliser is the best investment to keep your vehicle safe at all times- so you don’t lose the time and money you have invested into the vehicle.
Where can I get a Ghost Immobiliser?
Here at Car Specialist Customs, we offer full fitting of the Autowatch Ghost Immobiliser and a detailed demonstration of how it works. We will answer any questions you may have.
If you come to us, we can supply and fit a Ghost Immobiliser in your vehicle from £500.
Click here to learn more about Ghost Immobilisers and get a quote from Car Specialist Customs today.
Does having a Ghost Immobiliser reduce the cost of car insurance?
In some cases, having a Ghost Immobiliser installed in your vehicle may result in lower insurance premiums.
Speak to your insurance provider and tell them that you have a Ghost Immobiliser installed. Find out what their company policy is, as you may be eligible for a discount on your insurance premiums.
What if I forget my unique PIN code?
Not to worry- all you would have to do is enter another unique code to re-set your Ghost Immobiliser and get a new PIN code.
When you get your Ghost Immobiliser installed with us, we will show you what to do if you ever forget your original PIN code.
How can I keep my vehicle safe from thieves?
There are many measures you can take to upgrade your vehicle security, such as:
- Invest in security appliances such as a Ghost Immobiliser, Pandora Alarm, and Vehicle Tracker.
- Consider tinting your car windows, to give yourself more privacy.
- Install physical deterrents in your car, such as a steering wheel lock and a brake anti-theft lock.
- Get your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on each of the windows, which can put off criminals from stealing the car.
- Never leave valuables inside your car, even in the car boot.
- Always double-check that you have locked your car doors, windows, and sunroof properly.
- Never leave your car unlocked and unattended, even for a couple of minutes.
- Park your car in well-lit, busy areas, where any suspicious behaviour is more likely to be noticed.
- Avoid leaving any car documents in your vehicle- such as your registration and insurance documents, as a thief could use these to pretend to be the car owner.
- Don’t leave Sat Navs, or the suction cup, or any other handheld devices in plain sight in your car.
- Don’t assume that thieves won’t target your car because your vehicle is not new or luxurious. Older models of cars are constantly targeted by criminals, especially because they lack modern security features.
- Store your car keys in a Faraday pouch, which block the signals transmitted by the keys, thus preventing thieves from remotely accessing and stealing your car.
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About Car Specialist Customs
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We hope this article has answered the question ‘where is a Ghost Immobiliser fitted?’