Thatcham are leaving the scene with regards to vehicle alarms and immobilisers in 2018. It has been kept quiet for the last year or so but the word on the street is Thatcham will be leaving the vehicle security side. The only thing that will remain is the stolen vehicle tracking approvals. There may ( Might ) be no factory alarm or immobilisers fitted in the UK once Thatcham has stopped accrediting the security products. In the USA very few cars have a factory immobiliser fitted as standard meaning car manufatures might not invest in any forms of security at all.
This is more than likely the reason Autowatch haven’t put the Ghost through any form of testing. Until the time comes next year it will be unknown if there will be a replacement for the Thatcham accredited products. There might be another body which will step in but it’s unknown at this current time.
Will this make a diffrence in the products we sell?
The answer is very simple, with car thieves running rings around factory vehicles with Thatcham Cat1 products fitted as standard. Customers are looking for something that will simply secure the vehicle. For example none of the Viper security systems are Thatcham approved in the UK or the Autowatch Ghost for example.
All the infomation is just simply talk within the trade, we can’t be held responsiable for any incorrect infomation.