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TASSA Approved Ghost Immobiliser
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
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.
Explaining the 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 alternatives
The Pandora Alarm protects your vehicle from wheel jacking, towing, hijacking and tampering. This is achieved by using not one but two immobilizers, which are electronic devices that stop the car’s engine from starting without the correct key or fob.
Depending on the model of the Pandora Alarm you choose, you can expect varying features such as:
- Indoor motion sensors
- Tilt sensors.
- Anti-Hijack, which shuts the car engine off safely if the driver retains their Pandora BlueTooth tag in a situation where the car is hijacked from the driver.
Can a Ghost Immobiliser 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.
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, yet can save you countless hours trying to recover your vehicle once it has been stolen.
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.
A security alternative
The Pandora Alarm is a security system that protects your vehicle from wheel jacking, towing, hijacking and tampering. This is achieved by using not one but two immobilizers, which are electronic devices that stop the car’s engine from starting without the correct key or fob.
Pandora Alarms also have smart-device compatibility via the Pandora app, giving you full control of your system and an instant update of the current status of your car when you can’t physically see it, like if you parked on a street unfamiliar to you, or are far away from your vehicle, or even when you’re in bed.
Additional features of the Pandora Alarm
- Extra-strength immobilsation: The extra immobiliser with the Pandora alarm means an additional layer of security, which means thieves will be even more deterred from attempting to steal your vehicle.
- Next-gen encryption: Everything in the Pandora alarm uses 128bit encryption. This prevents code-grabbing or relay boosting, ensuring another comprehensive layer of security agains thieves.
- Phone notification: With the ability to customise notifications, you can be notified via call, text, or app alerts as soon as the system detected an incongruency in it’s environment.
- Control from afar: Through the app, you are able to start your car remotely, arm or disarm the alarm system and control your vehicle regardless of where you are. Presenting the future of premium security.
- Next generation smart sensors: The Pandora alarm systems come with dual shock, tilt, motion and internal sensors, which will protect your vehicle from wheel jacking, towing and general tampering. Using special algorithms with customisable sensitivity creates a unique sensor which can be adjusted to your needs, meaning your alarm won’t go off over the slightest of movements.
Whether you want your Pandora Alarm system installed by us, or if you want to buy one and install it yourself, we have you covered. To make an investment in the next generation of vehicle preservation, whilst securing your vehicle click here to get your quote, or click here to browse our stock of Pandora Alarm systems.
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HOW IT WORKS
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AUTOWATCH GHOST IMMOBILISER KEY FEATURES
Because the unit communicates with the ECU on the data bus to immobilise the vehicle there is no way a thief could listen for the tell-tale clicking of a traditional immobiliser relay.
A thief cannot simply add a new key or replace an ECU to bypass the Autowatch Ghost II Immobiliser and start the vehicle. Only a correct PIN code will allow the engine to start.
Due to the nature of the data bus communication the Autowatch Ghost II Immobiliser has been adapted and tested for every vehicle we list as compatible. If we list your vehicle you can be sure we have thoroughly tested its operation with the Autowatch Ghost II Immobiliser.
If the PIN code is forgotten, the car is sold, or a button is broken there is a secure, unique reset code for each device.
Service mode allows your vehicle to temporarily start and drive without requiring the PIN code. The Auto watch Ghost II Immobiliser will exit service mode based on speed and time or by simply entering the PIN code.
At any time, you can easily change the PIN code. Only you will know the unique PIN code for your vehicle.
The Autowatch Ghost II Immobiliser is sealed and so small it can be installed and wrapped into the vehicle harness anywhere in the vehicle making it near impossible for a thief to find.
Uses the vehicle’s original buttons to enter the PIN code. The buttons in modern vehicles send data all around the vehicle which allows us to detect many different keys being pressed without extra wiring.
To make security even easier Auto watch have created a special application for your iOS & Android mobile phones that allows you to just get in and drive away. No need to use your button disarm sequence to disarm the Autowatch Ghost II Immobiliser. Just enable this phone-tag and as soon as your iPhone is near your car you will be able to drive, even if your iPhone is in sleep mode in your pocket.
AUTOWATCH GHOST IMMOBILISER FAQ
The ghost immobiliser is supplied and fitted for £500. This is a set price for all make and models the ghost covers and included mobile installation within the local area.
The Ghost Immobiliser can be fitted to almost all vehicles. The Ghost Immobiliser utilises the CAN Networks which is common in almost all modern vehicle. For any information regarding compatibility do not hesitate to contact our expect installers.
The Ghost is one of the most secure security systems on the market. The Ghost immobiliser communicates with your vehicle’s ECU unit via the CAN Network, this allow it to operate in total silence without giving away its location. Key cloning, and ECU swapping is almost pointless as adding a new key or replacing the ECU to steal your vehicle will not work as only the correct personal code will allow your car to be started.
The installation of the Autowatch Ghost Immobiliser normally takes around two hours, once fitted we give a full demonstration of how to use it correctly. This normally takes around 15-20 minutes.
The Autowatch Ghost Immobiliser 2 is fully transferable between one vehicle and another at any given time. We can remove and reinstall the ghost as and when you need. Please contact us for the cost and process involved if needed.
No, the Ghost Immobiliser does not affect your vehicle manufactures warranty at all. However, we do recommend checking with your local dealership.
Unfortunately cars with keyless entry are vulnerable to being stolen in under 60 seconds. Keyless car theft is the most common way cars are stolen, thieves do this by using keyless cloning and relay methods. This is done by picking up the transmission of your original key and replicating it to gain access to your car.
The Ghost Immobiliser eliminates this as an option, as even with the key present unless you know the unique pin code, the vehicle will not move or start.
Since March 2020, The Autowatch Ghost Immobiliser is TASSA approved and recognised by come insurers. Most insurers are adding the Autowatch Ghost 2 to their lists regularly so it is always best to contact them to verify the matter.
The ghost has a safety net in the form of a unique 4 digit code that allows you to promptly reprogram the Ghost to another pin and get the car started. Upon Handover we always show you how to input the 4 digit code if you ever happen to forget the code. Alternatively if your struggling, give us a call and we can talk you threw this over the phone
The Ghost Immobiliser pin sequence can be amended at any time with ease. We run threw this with you at your handover to ensure you are fully capable of doing so if needed. Alternatively instruction are on the back of your ghost card and we are also always happy to assist you over the phone if needed.
The ghost Immobiliser is know as one of the most reliable and secure security devices internationally. Usual tactics deployed by thieves will not work at compromising the Ghost Immobiliser even in the even of the physical key being present or an ECU swap. There are no indicators that give away a ghost location both physically and electronically, so you can rest assured the Ghost will protect your pride and joy